A TV commentator was lucky not to be badly injured when a hockey puck came flying off the ice rink and narrowly missed his face  Rinkside commentator Pierre McGuire who was working for NBC moved backwards just as the fast-moving rubber puck came flying towards him  It then smashed into the rink side camera, making it wobble and go out of focus  Mr McGuire looked shocked and could be seen rubbing his head as he sunk in his seat  The 57-year-old only had his headphones and microphone on his head, but no safety headwear    He was commentating on the match between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets, last night  The spectators at the match are protected from the flying pucks by a wall of thick clear plastic which stops them getting hit  But Mr McGuire was sat at the players’ benches, which have no such protection.  Players are kitted out with head gear and padding, but because they need to jump on and off the ice quickly the area is left clear of barriers    Pucks leaving the ice rink can travel at up to 100mph, although it is thought the one that narrowly missed Mr McGuire, was travelling slower  The footage was uploaded to social media following the Tampa Bay’s 5-1 win against the Blue Jackets  Mr McGuire managed to maintain his composure and carried on commentating until the end of the game

TV commentator’s narrow escape as ice hockey puck flies inches from his face – News Live
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