Roman Polak Stretchered Off After Nasty Fall Into The Boards•Oct 3, 2019
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Jack Edwards: ‘I stand by my real-time call’ on Roman Polak injury
By Fluto Shinzawa
Oct 4, 2019
GLENDALE, Ariz. — On Friday, one day after being called “a piece of shit” by Allan Walsh, agent for Roman Polak, Jack Edwards defended his description of how the Dallas defenseman was injured in Thursday’s season opener at American Airlines Center.
“I stand by my real-time call,” said the NESN play-by-play announcer. “Brick encapsulated it when he said was it was self-inflicted.”
Edwards was referring to the sequence that he and analyst Andy Brickley described in the first period of the Bruins’ 2-1 win. Polak was trying to check Chris Wagner in the back. Once Wagner slipped the check, Polak fell into the boards, striking his head and chest.
Polak was taken off the ice on a stretcher. He was taken to a local hospital, where the defenseman was diagnosed with a fractured sternum. He will be re-evaluated in one week.
“Polak loads up for a hit,” Edwards said during his live call, “and gave him that little chuck in the lower back, and Polak …”
By now, Polak has thudded off the boards and is lying face-first on the ice. The whistle has blown to stop play.
“Yeah, that looked self-induced, didn’t it?” Brickley said.
“Yeah,” Edwards replied. “Has a little bit of bad hockey karma.”
Walsh took exception to this comment.
I have tremendous respect for the Bruin players that sent best wishes. All class. As for Jack Edwards, to say Roman’s injury was “bad hockey karma” while he was laying on motionless on the ice, you are truly a piece of shit and an absolute disgrace.
Shortly after Polak’s injury, Edwards and Brickley watched a slow-motion replay.
“He wants to be a physical guy,” Brickley said while Polak prepares to check Wagner. “He is a physical guy. He has an opportunity to, you know, make a hard, physical, body-contact play on a physical guy like Chris Wagner. But all of a sudden, he gets himself into an awkward position and he goes into the boards in a very vulnerable position. And that did not end well.”
“No,” Edwards responded. “That’s head, shoulder …”
Neither Edwards nor Brickley spoke while Polak was taken off the ice. The defenseman was one of three Stars injured Thursday. Blake Comeau and Jason Dickinson were the others.
When reached Friday, Walsh said he stood by what he wrote last night. He did not want to make additional comments.