Islander’s Defenceman Witt Hit by Car; Will Still Play Tonight

Okay, okay, we get it. Hockey players are tough. I think we are beyond questioning this simple fact, but just in case there is someone out there that is unclear on this, read on. NHL Defenceman for the NY Islander’s, Brendan Witt, was hit by a car this morning. If that wasn’t a sensational enough story for you, he has decided to play in the Islander’s game tonight.

I’ve read a few summaries of the car incident this morning, but there was one inparticular on today that made me laugh out loud. TSN reports that one witness of the accident calls Witt the Clint Eastwood of Hockey. Go ahead punk, make my day. But in this case, the punk is a car:

New York Islanders defenceman Brendan Witt was hit by a car in Philadelphia on Tuesday, according to Newsday. But Witt reportedly picked himself up off the road and, after a few profanities, assured everyone he was all right before continuing on his way, prompting one witness to say, “it was like seeing Clint Eastwood, but in hockey.”

Witt was crossing Arch Street to get a cup of coffee when a gold Yukon truck made an illegal turn and hit the 34-year-old. Newsday says Witt tried to jump on the hood of the vehicle before being thrown to the ground as he was struck.

“I’m okay,” Witt told the crowd as he dusted himself off, according to Newsday. “I’ve got to go play some hockey. I’m a hockey player. I’m okay. No big deal.”

“Boy that guy is tough,” added the same witness, one of many who saw the event occur.

So the moral of the story here is ‘Don’t Mess with the Hockey Players’. I’m not sure ‘The Zohan’ would even step to Witt after reading this. Go Islanders, the least you can do is win one for the man who stood up to a car.