Wild's Graovac to injured photog: 'I hope you got to keep the puck'

BY Dave Heller • December 16, 2016

Forward Tyler Graovac says he wasn't aiming for the photographer who was hit by a puck Tuesday night during the Minnesota Wild's 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Graovac mistakenly fired a puck through one of the plexiglass cutouts that photographers use to shoot unobstructed photos during hockey games, chipping the glass and hitting Twin Cities-based photographer David Berding in the head.

Berding returned to the glass with bandages on his face, while the game was briefly halted while workers replaced the panel.

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Graovac reached out on Twitter after Berding posted a day-after picture of his cut-up face.

https://twitter.com/TyGraovac/status/809086839990710272

"Guy that grabbed it said it was for his 8 year old sister so I just told him to keep it," Berding said via Twitter. "Keep firing those shots bud!"

Graovac responded: "Wow. I owe you one!"

We just hope this time the Wild forward hands the puck to Berding and doesn't shoot it.



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