Mitch Callahan is having a breakout season for the Grand Rapids Griffins. His 26 goals, 18 assists, and 44 points at least double his previous AHL career bests. Additionally, he’s posted a plus 23 rating, setting another career best. All this hard work has even paid off in the form of an NHL call up with Griffins affiliate, the Detroit Red Wings.
In what had to be one of the most painful moments from his breakout season, the native of Whittier, California, posted a picture of himself after being struck in the face by a puck in last nights contest against the Iowa Wild. The photo is a bit gruesome, and definitely not for the faint of heart.
— Mitch Callahan (@Mcally15) April 3, 2014
The slapshot which struck Callahan in the face came courtesy of teammate and defenseman Ryan Sproul. Callahan had to be helped off the ice, leaving behind a pool of blood, and of course, more than a few teeth. Fortunately, Callahan’s Griffins teammates helped to search the ice to find the missing teeth.
While Callahan may have been in good enough spirits to post his selfie from the team locker room, Griffins coach Jeff Blashill was not approving of the decision.
“Shame on me for not having a more direct statement on that,” Blashill said, “but I just think we have to be real careful what we put out on social media.”
Callahan’s status for games this weekend remains questionable.