A drone came close to changing the balance of Friday’s Stanley Cup Final.
During morning rehearsals at the Colorado Avalanche, defending star Cal Makar had a minor drone brawl while he and a production team were doing some filming for promotional content.
TSN’s Ryan Rishaug provided footage of Makar preparing to film his amazing disc-handling maneuvers with the help of a drone that captures his every move. However, before he gets a chance to jump onto the ice for the sequence, Makar is accidentally hit by a drone, and it falls to the ground. The 23-year-old looked at the device, hoping it wouldn’t judge the video shoot.
Makar was not injured during the accident and laughed at him. The drone was fixed and prepared for filming, with Makar showing off his smooth stride as he skated around his teammates who hit the ice for practice.
Makar may have come out unscathed, but there is a history of accidents between professional athletes and drones.
In 2016, former MLB player Trevor Bauer cut his right pinky finger while repairing a drone, which he has been known to enjoy as a hobby. Just a few days later, Power was involved in Game 3 of the ALCS between the Cleveland (former) Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays, but had to be removed from the hill in the first half only because the 10 stitches on his finger split, leaving the wound open and blood dripping from his waving hand. In sight.
Fortunately for Makar and the avalanche, the accident wouldn’t stop the All-Star Defender from patrolling the Blue Line in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night in Denver. Avalanche will be looking to prop Lightning into the corner with a second win in the series before heading to Tampa Bay.
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