We’ve talked before about how tough NHL officials are. Last night, linesmen Steve Miller did his part to remind us just how much they can endure.

Miller, a 15-year NHL veteran, dropped the puck for a faceoff between Ducks center Rickard Rakell and David Legwand of the Ottawa Senators. As the players battled for the puck, the butt-end of Legwand’s stick clipped Miller in the visor, violently snapping his head to the side.

Miller skated to the boards before dropping to the ice. He was assisted to the locker room by the medical staff.

Referees Dan O’Halloran and Eric Furlatt resumed play with one linesman, Trent Knorr. The three-man unit wouldn’t have to finish the game that way, though. Miller was able to return to the ice.

On a related note, it’s a good thing the NHL Officials Association mandated visors this season. While many officials, including Miller, wore visors beforehand, this would likely have resulted in a serious injury without one.

Glad to see Miller avoid injury on this play.  Stay safe out there, boys.