Sunday, February 10, 2008

Zednik's throat cut by skate

Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik was rushed to hospital for surgery after taking a skate to the neck in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.
How completely bizarre that we get two serious skate-to-head incidents within a day of another. Here's hoping Zednik can make a full recovery.

Kukla's Korner is following the story with updates.



At 9:50 p.m., February 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I hope the surgery goes well. That was a lot of blood.

At 10:13 p.m., February 10, 2008, Blogger islesblogger said...

This is one of my biggest fears as a hockey player - those poor fans in Buffalo having to go through this twice is even more alarming.

My best to Zednik, thoughts and prayers.

At 10:24 p.m., February 10, 2008, Blogger Zach said...

Buffalo has to be cursed with this injury. This happens two times too many. Is this the time we start considering some sort of neck protection that can be played with?

At 10:44 p.m., February 10, 2008, Blogger Robert L said...

Here's the video.

At 12:20 a.m., February 11, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Geez, and after how good he was vs the Leafs last week... is it inevitable that when he starts playing like a man possessed that he becomes vulnerable to a serious injury? He was the best player in the 2002 playoffs when McLaren clotheslined him, and now this.

I'm not going to watch that video again.

At 12:57 a.m., February 11, 2008, Blogger Bruce said...

All through minor hockey kids wear neckguards as well as full faceshields. Then they turn pro and what? The skates aren't as sharp anymore?

Here in Edmonton Mark Goodkey of the University of Alberta Golden Bears died in 1996 due to a neck injury suffered in a pick-up game, so these sorts of things strike particularly close to home.

I happened to be watching the game on NHL Network and was near tears on several occasions. It was pretty grim, and everybody was affected. There were almost 20,000 people in that arena and you could have heard a pin drop.

The people in charge of the game, the teams, and the broadcast were almost in shock, but conducted themselves as the professionals and compassionate human beings that they are. There were a few indelible images like the Zambonis coming on to the ice to clean up the blood. The expression on Lindy Ruff's face said a million words -- and it wasn't even his player. Bill McCreary put his arm around Jacques Martin's shoulders as they discussed the situation -- not exactly from the Zebra's Manual, but entirely appropriate. When Harry Neale said it was the worst cut he'd ever seen, Rick Jeanneret said he had seen one as bad, but it took him several minutes to compose himself sufficiently to mention the Clint Malarchuk horror in a game he called almost 20 years ago.

Finally the announcement came over the PA that Zednik -- a visiting player -- was in stable condition, and the fans responded by rising to a standing ovation. What a relief.


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