SHENZHEN, China — This gash is assured to go away a scar on Garnet Hathaway’s proper cheek.
A memento, any person urged, to recollect the Calgary Flames’ tour to the 2018 O.R.G. China Video games.
“I believe I’d have slightly simply purchased one thing,” he deadpanned.
Hathaway was nicked on his first shift of Saturday’s exhibition opener — the tip outcome, a 4-3 shootout loss — in opposition to the Boston Bruins at Shenzhen Universiade Sports activities Centre, clipped by the skate blade of a tumbling opponent after a collision close to the blue-line.
The minimize was deep sufficient to slice all the best way right down to his cheekbone.
13 stitches had been required to seal the wound.
“A few the fellows noticed the earlier than image,” Hathaway responded when requested in regards to the response from his friends. “They had been a bit of higher after, I believe.”
Hathaway, it’s price noting, was darn good after being sewn up, too.
Seemingly decided to make up for misplaced time, the 26-year-old right-winger was a bodily presence because the Flames erased a three-goal deficit to drive extra time in Shenzhen.
In reality, he was singled out by his new boss, Invoice Peters, as one of many guys who impressed in what turned out to be a grouchy sport.
“He was actual aggressive, and I believed he did a great job of placing pucks in good spots and enjoying the best way you might want to play,” Peters praised. “It’s a transition whenever you go from being within the low season and enjoying summer time hockey, the place it’s all about talent and hanging onto pucks, in all probability a bit of too lengthy. You will get some summer time habits, and I didn’t assume he had these.
“I believe he did a great job of working and getting in on the forecheck, but additionally enjoying actual accountable away from the puck.”
That’s an necessary first impression for Hathaway, a frontrunner for a fourth-line function however not essentially a certain factor after the Flames stocked up on ahead depth — particularly on the precise facet — through the summer time months.
The crash-and-bang type totalled 59 outings on the NHL degree final season, contributing 4 objectives and 13 factors and being credited with a team-leading 2.6 hits per sport.
Hathaway is now signed to a one-way contract, and it bodes effectively that he’s in China with the remainder of the regulars.
Plus, it offers him a crack at a novel memento.
When he was nonetheless elementary-aged, Hathaway’s household travelled the world for three-plus months. Amongst their many keepsakes is a snapshot of Garnet and his four siblings on the Great Wall of China.
Throughout Monday’s sightseeing journey to that must-see marvel, Hathaway is hoping to recreate the photograph.
Minus his brother and three sisters, in fact.
And with 13 contemporary stitches in his cheek.
“Yeah, it’s going to look a bit of completely different,” Hathaway conceded. “However that’s why we’ve got Photoshop, proper?”