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Woman hit in face by puck gets surprise visit from Hawks legend

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A Blackhawks fan is recovering after being hit by a puck that went into the stands during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday.

The puck hit Dr. Patricia Higgins just above her nose, missing her right eye. Her vision eventually came back, but the hit was strong enough to give this lifelong Hawks fan a concussion and a deep gash on her forehead.

"I was scared was going to lose my vision," Higgins says of the hit. "That was my biggest scare. I mean that puck was driving 90 miles per hour. It went all the way to my skull."

Higgins, a family practitioner, was sitting in section 115 with her daughter, while her husband and son were at home watching the game.

The score was tied 3 to 3 with 90 seconds left in regulation.

"I heard that stick hit that puck," Higgins recalls. "I don't know what I was thinking. There was no way I could have reacted." 

"I turned to my son and said thank God we are behind the net," her husband, Don, adds. "Ten minutes later my daughter texted me and said 'mom got hit' and I turn to Donnie and go, 'that could not have happened.'"

The fans around Higgins used their rally towels to help stop the bleeding, but there was so much blood, it even soaked her favorite Patrick Sharp jersey.

On Friday afternoon, as the 55-year-old was at her Burr Ridge home recovering, she got an unannounced visit from a very special person: Hawks legend Stan Mikita.

"I jumped out of my skin and I went over and hugged him and he brought me this," Higgins says," showing a signed jersey which reads: "To Patty, thanks for taking one for the team, Stan Mikita."

To top it off, she even received a phone call from the president and CEO of the Blackhawks, Mr. McDonough, who was calling in to check on her.

This Hawks season ticket holder says she remains a diehard fan. The scar and lingering headaches will be worth it, she says, if the Hawks grant one wish.

"You better win this for yourselves and me!" Higgins pleads. 

Dr. Higgins won't be attending Saturday night's game, but if she's up for it, she says she might attend Game 5.

So what ever happened to the offending puck? Higgins says a fan sitting in the row in front of her caught it and he has promised to give the puck to her and that's exactly what she was hoping for.

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