Wings’ Glendening talks to Griffins’ Callahan after gruesome Twitter photo

DETROIT — By now, many people have seen the gruesome selfie that Mitch Callahan posted on Twitter Wednesday night.

Callahan, the Grand Rapids Griffins forward who played in one game with the Red Wings this season, took a puck to the mouth in the first period of the Griffins’ game against Iowa.

The worst part was the shot came from one of his teammates, defenseman Ryan Sproul, as Callahan waited near the net.

While teammates collected Callahan’s teeth from the ice, Callahan was helped off the ice, holding a towel to his bloody mouth.

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Callahan then posted the photo on his Twitter account, @Mcally15, along with one word, "Ouch."

Callahan was then taken to the hospital.

Wings center Luke Glendening, who lived with Callahan, Sproul and Riley Sheahan in Grand Rapids, was concerned when he heard about the incident.

"I called him last night, just to see what happened, to make sure he was doing OK," Glendening said. "He was on the phone, a little hard to understand, but that’s understandable with what happened."

Unlike many people who saw the photo, Glendening was actually relieved to see Callahan.

"If I would have heard what happened and didn’t see his picture I probably would have been a little more nervous," Glendening said. "I guess to see the picture gave me a bit of relief to know that he was OK."

Glendening thought it was amusing that Callahan put the picture out on social media.

"Guys have done that with cuts and injuries before," Glendening said. "I thought it was pretty funny."

Maybe Sproul is the one who needs the reassuring phone call from Glendening.

On his Twitter account, @Sproully93, he said, "Not a fun time when my friend and roomie goes down like that. Terrible feeling & hope he’s back asap. Love ya Darrel #dinneronme @Mcally15."

Glendening called Callahan a warrior and said his friend’s spirits were good if not his teeth.

"He seemed to be OK," Glendening said. "Obviously, it’s a tough time for that to happen. Knowing him, he’ll probably be back a lot sooner than most people think."

Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin said Callahan underwent successful surgery for a fractured jaw and the Griffins hope to have him back in time for the playoffs.