NHL player pulls out his own tooth after a big hit

Nothing's going to stop him—not even a missing tooth.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Apr 6, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 3:46 am CDT

Hockey players are tough as nails. They can stay on the ice for most of a game, shake things off after a fist fight on the rink (and some time in the penalty box), return after getting an ear sewn back on to score the winning goal, and even self-perform emergency dental procedures.

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St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves transformed into an amateur dentist after he took a hit to the glass from Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook during Sunday night’s matchup between the two Central Division rivals. He had a team staff member behind him in case he needed any help after he got to the bench, but the blunt force did most of the work.

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Reaves got right back in the game when he returned to the ice, making his near-instant recovery even more impressive. The Blues ended up winning 2-1 to take first place in the division, so victory was so sweet it could give him a cavity. (If he can stop losing his teeth, that is.)

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*First Published: Apr 6, 2015, 10:19 am CDT