“Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams broke his right leg early in the first period in a loss to Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.
Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski was spinning off a check of Kings centre Anze Kopitar to hit Williams behind the Phoenix net when both players fell onto Williams.
Williams fell backward with his right leg trapped underneath his torso, dropped onto his back and remained on the ice as play continued briefly in the Kings’ end. He was taken off by stretcher after a lengthy delay at 4:27 of the first period.” (source-TSN)
You have to feel for Justin Williams. This guy has had several major injuries to set him back in the past and it appears he has been bit by the injury bug once again…
Transactions / Injuries / Suspensions (stats chart source-TSN)
27-Dec-09 Broken right leg, sidelined indefinitely.
02-Nov-09 Missed 5 games (lower body injury).
24-Oct-09 Lower body injury, day-to-day.
22-Oct-09 Lower body injury, day-to-day.
20-Mar-09 Missed 15 games (broken hand).
04-Mar-09 Acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes.
16-Feb-09 Broken hand, sidelined indefinitely.
04-Dec-08 Missed 25 games (achilles tendon).
17-Sep-08 Achilles’ tendon, sidelined indefinitely.
05-Apr-08 Missed the last 2 games of the regular season (back injury).
02-Apr-08 Back injury, day-to-day.
01-Apr-08 Missed 43 games (torn ACL).
21-Dec-07 Torn ACL, remainder of the regular season.
30-Jun-06 Re-signed by the Carolina Hurricanes.
04-Oct-05 Shoulder injury, day-to-day.
10-Aug-05 Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Carolina Hurricanes to a one-year contract.
21-Sep-04 NHL Lockout: Signed with the Lulea HF of the Elitserein (Sweden).
29-Jul-04 Re-signed by the Carolina Hurricanes to a one-year contract.
27-Mar-04 Missed 1 game (bruised ankle).
25-Mar-04 Bruised ankle, day-to-day.
21-Feb-04 Missed 3 games (broken left wrist).
13-Feb-04 Broken left wrist, sidelined indefinitely.
20-Jan-04 Acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers.
30-Jul-03 Re-signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a one-year contract.
06-Apr-03 Missed 36 games (sprained left knee).
04-Apr-03 Sprained left knee, day-to-day.
20-Jan-03 Sprained left knee, remainder of the regular season.
18-Jan-03 Sprained left knee, left Saturday’s game.
27-Nov-02 Missed 5 games (strained left shoulder).
15-Nov-02 Strained left shoulder, early December.
16-Dec-01 Missed 3 games (sprained right shoulder).
10-Dec-01 Sprained right shoulder, day-to-day.
19-Mar-01 Missed 12 games (broken finger).
22-Feb-01 Broken finger, late March.
Williams has eight goals and 16 assists in 33 games and when he’s healthy he can really be an impact player. The problem is, judging by his past record, he’s either injury prone or holiday prone.