Boyce has a nose for Twitter

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:41 PM ET

TORONTO - Darryl Boyce didn’t have to post one character on Twitter the past few days — the image of his ravaged face said a thousand words.

Looking like he had tried to cosy up to an angry croc, Boyce’s picture of his ripped nostril was gaining the Maple Leafs centre about 1,500 new followers a day.

“One guy said: ‘I’m only following you because of the picture — I’m really a Sabres fan,’” Boyce said with a laugh. "I should have posted a warning for anyone with a weak stomach.”

The surgeon had taken the picture at the hospital on Thursday night after Boyce’s freak collision with the photographer’s hole in the ACC glass near the net, but as he was forwarding them to a specialist, Boyce asked for one as a souvenir.

“That’s the best use of Twitter I’ve ever got,” he said. “I seemed to get a lot of sportscasters on my side.”

But many papers didn’t use the graphic images and on Sunday, Boyce still didn’t want the heavy stitch job going on video. But he did re-tell the story to print and radio journalists.

“It was a real blunt shot, I picked myself up and could see blood just leaking from my face. I immediately went off to the dressing room and just kept looking forward, because if looked down, I could see this flap of skin hanging down. I didn’t know if I had a nose left to be quite honest.

“When I got into the doctor’s chair, I just closed my eyes and asked him the questions instead of looking at it myself.”

To his credit, the Summerside, P.E.I. native didn’t miss Saturday’s game in Buffalo.

“At the end of the day, it’s just a cut and a broken nose. I’ve gone through a lot of other injuries in my career that could’ve really finished you for good. I thought this was a great opportunity to throw on (a full visor) and just get out there. It’s harder catching your wind, it’s tough breathing out the one side of the nostril. But just deal with it and breathe out of your mouth a lot more.”


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