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

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.


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


"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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