I really hate to sound like the insensitive one, but they do say repeatedly to always keep your eyes on the field. While sometimes it can happen really quickly, there's still no excuse not to watch the field when you're that close. Hope she pulls through!
Back in the very late '80'- early '90's, my sister had taken her 10-yr old son (my nephew) to a Minnesota North Stars game at the old Met Center in Bloomington, MN (obviously, before the North Stars moved to Dallas, TX). It was the first hockey game for my sister & my nephew. They had seats in one of the corners, above glass-level. In the 2nd period, a missile, in the form of a puck, cleared the glass, and struck my sister squarely in the left cheek, about halfway between her jaw & eye socket and halfway between her mouth and her ear, The puck completely punctured her face. Blood all over hell and my 10-yr old nephew alone with his mom. Later on, she would say she never saw the puck coming. She didn't lose consciousness, as I recall, but suffered a concussion and a couple hundred stitches inside her mouth and on her face, some broken teeth and some plastic surgery later on. The North Stars paid for some of her immediate medical expenses (ambulance & ER, I believe), but nothing more. [h]The injury disclaimer on the game-ticket held up legally, exempting the North Stars from any liability.[/h]
=With those pucks and how they whip around the boards, it doesn't matter how much attention you are paying, you don't have time to move. Athletes in the top physical form in the world often don't have time to react to some of these things, and they are participating in the action. It is insane to expect Random Joe or Sally, who is SITTING DOWN to have the ability to react. It happens so rarely (especially now with the added netting), you would think teams would just cover it, it is the right thing to do and looks good for PR.
Hope your sister recovered well
"Son, what are you doing sleeping in my daughter's dormroom?"
-"Uhhhhh, i got to go, im late for class."
-"Its Saturday morning."
-"Then im really late for class. Where are my pants?"