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Eye injury forces Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk to call it a career

Eye injury forces Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk to call it a career

Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk had to abruptly end his career due to lingering effects from the gruesome eye injury he suffered during the 2019-20 regular season, the team announced Wednesday.

The 36-year-old revealed in a Zoom call Wednesday afternoon that he has poor peripheral vision and optic nerve damage stemming from two separate incidents over the course of his 13 years in the NHL. After two months of “numerous and extensive medical exams,” the team said in the announcement, it was determined it would be unsafe for Boychuk to continue playing.

“It wasn’t really a decision, it was a life choice,” an emotional Boychuk said. “If I was to go and play again and not be able to see somebody coming and get hit, I could be a lot worse than what I was.”

The first eye injury, Boychuk recalled, was when he took a one-timer to the temple at the start of his career. He sustained further damage in March, when he caught a skate blade directly to his face that needed 90 stitches to repair. It was just his eyelid that was cut by Canadiens winger Artturi Lehkonen, but the injury had lingering effects.

With the deliberate decision not to announce Boychuk as “retired,” the Islanders will likely place Boychuk on long-term injured reserve — which would allow the organization to exceed their accruable cap space limit by the $6 million cap hit he carried.


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