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‘Growing Pains’ dad injured while practicing hockey

Actor Alan Thicke was hit in the face with a hockey puck at Pickwick

Ice Skating Arena and lost five teeth.

Thicke needed 30 stitches at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

after being injured Tuesday. He was released that day, and is


recuperating at his home, his publicist Jerry Digney said.

The former star of “Growing Pains” was practicing Tuesday for a

May 17 celebrity tournament to benefit New York police and fire

departments, which he still hopes to attend, Digney said.


The 55-year-old Canadian has played hockey since age 5. While he

was wearing a helmet, he was not wearing full protective gear, which

the actor acknowledges was a mistake, Digney said.

Laura Sturza