Tambellini pinned by Plexiglass at Oilers practice
ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency
|Oilers General manager Steve Tambellini (DAVID BLOOM/EDMONTON SUN)
PHILADELPHIA - Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has a sore head, and he probably shouldn’t be negotiating any long-term contracts for a while, but he’s none the worse for wear after a scary Plexiglass accident at practice on Monday.
Tambellini was at the Oilers bench watching the club wrap up their skate at the Wells-Fargo Centre in Philadelphia when a full sheet timbered from the boards and hit him square on the head.
Tambellini didn’t lose consciousness, but took the full force of the three-quarter inch thick glass square on the head and was momentarily pinned between the bench and the boards. Steve MacIntyre, first on the scene, freed him by lifting the glass off.
“He was kind of trying to get up,” said MacIntyre. “But those things are freaking heavy. It knocked him right down.”
Tambellini was taken to the medical room. No blood, no concussion, just sore.
“That’s the hardest I’ve been hit in a long time,” said Tambellini, who didn’t get his arms up to protect himself because he never saw it coming. “Unreal. It was a heavy hit.”