I don’t do a lot of hockey posts here at IF. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the sport. I do. It’s not in my primary rotation, but I’m certainly a fan of postseason hockey and I would like to see the NHL get a better television deal. One of the few posts I did covering the NHL last season was about Richard Zednik and his horrible throat-slashing accident. As you well know, Zednik survived his ordeal and has continued his hockey career and last night, he did a great job reminding everybody he can still play a sport that almost took his life by scoring a “Play of the Year” worthy goal against the New York Islanders.
If you don’t believe me, take it from someone who watches more hockey in a week than I do an entire season.
Sunday’s horrific skating accident that saw Florida Panthers’ Richard Zednik have his carotid artery accidentally slashed by teammate Olli Jokinen looks like it will have a much happier ending than how it looked initially. According to numerous reports, Zednik’s condition has been upgraded to “good” and he’s going to be released from the intensive care unit.
This is incredibly good news, of course, considering just how dire the situation began. ESPN reports Zednik had lost almost a half gallon of blood and that his artery was essentially hanging together by a thread. Fortunately, the skate slash missed his jugular by mere centimeters.
When you maneuver around a playing field on miniature katanas, there is an inherent risk of getting cut by the very blades that propel you. Such was the case with Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik during last night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. In the third period, Zednik was caught in the neck by the skate of teammate Olli Jokinen, when Jokinen was up-ended behind the Sabres’ goal.
As he was being knocked over, Jokinen’s right leg went parallel to the ground and his skate hit Zednik in the throat, slashing it open. Fortunately for Zednik, who is resting peacefully at the Buffalo General Hospital, he was quickly given the proper care he needed and a disastrous fatality was avoided.