Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik was rushed to hospital on Sunday night after taking a skate to the neck in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.
With the Sabres leading 4-3 midway through the third period, linemate Olli Jokinen - who was being checked in the Sabres' zone - fell forward and his skate accidently caught Zednik's neck.
Zednik bled profusely from the cut, but was able to skate toward his bench where he was met by the trainer and immediately ushered to the locker room.
Zednik is listed as stable and was transported to a hospital.
Players, coaches and fans sat in silence after the accident, and the game was delayed for 15 minutes as the blood was cleaned off the ice. Fans gave a standing ovation after the public address announcer gave the update on Zednik's condition.
Prior to resuming the game, referee Bill McCreary and Panthers coach Jacques Martin consulted in the tunnel outside the Panthers' dressing room.
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier was also spotted talking with NHL vice president Colin Campbell, who was at HSBC Arena to watch his son Gregory play for the Panthers.
Zednik, 32, signed a two-year deal with the Panthers last summer. The native of Slovakia has played in 12 NHL seasons with the Panthers, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens.
He has 15 goals and 26 points this season.
It's not the first time that hockey fans in Buffalo witnessed such an uncomfortable incident. Sabres goaltender Clint Malarchuk had his jugular sliced in a 1989 game against the St. Louis Blues.
Ihadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2971 times:
He's at Buffalo General Hospital having surgery to repair the damage. That is the last I heard from local news. It looks like the blood trail went from the Sabre goal line to the Panther bench and the Zambonis came out to clear the ice.
Very similar to the Clint Malarchuk injury in 1989
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Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2892 times:
SportsCenter showed it a little bit ago.....Zednik had the presence of mind to immediately skate over to the Panthers bench, where he was attended to. Scary incident to say the least ...glad to hear he'll be OK.
That Malarchuk video is enough to make all of us a bit squeamish.
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It is interesting that they are doing full on surgery on Zednik. Malarchuk's injury was closed with 300 stiches. It does look like the trainer that got to him did exactly what the trainer that treated Malarchuk did, and that is hold the artery/vein closed the whole way.
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L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29895 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2784 times:
Quoting Mir (Reply 11): It's not that visible on the video,
That's what I figured
Quoting DavestanKSAN (Reply 14): Kudos to the trainer who helped Mr. Zednik out, probably saved his life.
That's what I do really like about this video, is that about a 1/3rd of the way through the video they take a shot of the opposing bench, and just in the background you can see the opposing team trainers and doctors at a full run doing down the tunnel to go help.
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Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2730 times:
Quoting YooYoo (Reply 17): I'm not going to watch the video....i can imagine it just fine.
Honestly, you really don't see a whole lot, it's not like the video with Malarachuk a few years back, where you saw blood pouring on the ice. But it's definitely a occupational hazard, and it was a completely freak set of events.
Its true. I happen to think the Malarchuk video is worse. Witht he Zednik video, if you look around youtube you may be able to find one of his face as he goes skating by, that to me looks the worse because he has pre Fear in his pale face.....
In this video, its just the trail of blood from the goal line to the bench that really makes you blink twice.
Chi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2509 times:
Wow, shocking video. Has this ever happened before in the NHL? Possible implementation of neck guards?
Anyways, Get well Richard! This could have turned out way worse. Great job by the medical staff to get him to the hospital as quickly as possible. I think that one player said it best in the interview, he had great mental awareness to recognize the immediate problem and skate over to the bench as fast as possible. He could have just fallen down and not thought about it and passed out from blood loss.