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Panthers' Zednik takes skate cut to neck

Richard Zednik skates off

Richard Zednik skates off

2/11/2008 12:38:41 PM

Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik had emergency surgery after taking a skate to his neck in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.   Zednik's agent David Schatia confirmed Monday that his client is recovering in a Buffalo hospital.

"The surgery was successful and he's resting comfortably in the hospital," Panthers spokesman Brian Goldman said.

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 flew up and caught the right side of 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.

"It is super scary whenever you get contact with an ice skate," said Panthers coach Jacques Martin. "It was a good decision on his part to skate towards the bench. I think that saved some time and our trainers were right there to put pressure on it."


 

Panthers defenceman Steve Montador recalled seeing Zednik in a state of shock as he got to the bench.

"He looked pale, he was obviously standing and to a degree, coherent. But he didn't look as focused as you or I right now. He was staring at nothing," Montador said. "That's a pretty brave guy to realize what's going on: Grab your neck and get off the ice."

Players, coaches and fans sat in stunned 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 encouraging update on Zednik's condition.

"We shouldn't have finished the game," Jokinen said. "I saw the replay, that it was my skate that hit him in the throat. I think we were all in shock. I've never seen anything like that. There are bigger things than (finishing the game). It was terrifying.

"I didn't think anyone on our team was thinking hockey out there after an injury like that. If it was my call, I would have gone to the hospital with him."

The NHL released a statement saying Campbell and commissioner Gary Bettman decided to continue the game after knowing that Zednik was stable, that trainers had stopped the bleeding, and that the teams were willing to go on.

"The thoughts and prayers of the NHL family are with Richard Zednik, his loved ones, his teammates and the Florida Panthers organization," the league stated.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said he too wouldn't have been against the game being stopped. "I don't know if there is a right answer, I don't know. I can fully understand if they wanted to cancel the whole game," Ruff said.

"It was pretty solemn. There wasn't a lot being said. There was just more concern for Richard than anything else. When you see something like that, it isn't about playing anymore. But I said, we're going to finish the game and it's going to be what it's going to be."

Prior to resuming the game, referee Bill McCreary and Martin consulted in the tunnel outside the Panthers' dressing room while Sabres general manager Darcy Regier was seen talking with NHL vice president Colin Campbell, who was at HSBC Arena to watch his son Gregory play for the Panthers.

After the game, the team made arrangements to have Zednik's wife Jessica fly to Buffalo. Also, assistant general manager Randy Sexton and assistant trainer Dave Zenobi remained in Buffalo to be with Zednik.

The incident will likely spark more debate into the subject of on ice safety for the players and specifically the introduction of neck guards.

NHLPA Executive director Paul Kelly said the Player's association is looking into the matter.

"We are pleased by the positive medical reports on Richard and are hopeful for his quick recovery. The NHLPA will review this matter in detail and will continue to ensure that our members are fully educated about all aspects of on-ice safety," Kelly said in a statement.

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.

The Panthers have created a 'Get Well Web Page' on FloridaPanthers.com, you can send Zednik your thoughts and good wishes here.






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1Jameschloeget well soon, from all hockey fans ...
2shaner7725This is something that you never want to see happe ...
3pwaquiI really hope Zednik is OK. You never wish this k ...
4senatorsucksMy thoughts and prayers are with Richard, his fami ...
5Magooy99He is in surgery at a Buffalo hospital in stable c ...
6djswaWow...I have never heard of something quite like t ...
7blaargMy hopes and prayers are with Richard Zednik and h ...
81happyhabfanI HOPE ZEDS ALRIGHT, ...
9GoodtownHope you have a speedy and safe recovery. ...
10KitsterFrom hockey fans around the world, we're hoping fo ...
11gosabres22043Prayers to him and family! ...
12TheDougsterI hope he's ok. ...
13pb1300God be with you Zed. The whole Panther community ...
14StatsThank god that the medical staff acted so quickly. ...
15jeffyridersI remember seeing video of the Malarchuk incident. ...
16willO''thewispHeard the call (of the incident) live on NHL radio ...
17FlyerGuyGet well soon, Zed! ...
18ScottyO79Scary stuff. I tuned in Sunday night to watch my ...
19gohabsgo5From all Hab fans, our prayers are with you Zed. ...
20PykeI hope he's okay, and think it's tragic, but I als ...
21beanie11Best wishes to Richard and his family and everyone ...
22jsetliffeBest wishes Zeddie from all your fans here in DC. ...
23jefflawsonOur thoughts are with Richard at this difficult ti ...
24roccopapsisn't it weird how it happened against the Sabres ...
25myleafs67I wish the very best to Richard and to his family ...
26curnisSpeedy recovery Zed ...
2725cupsPyke- if skates were banned this would not have ha ...
28huskey677get well richard our thoughts and prayers are with ...
29kaleigh28being in the arena tonight was surreal - our thoug ...
30habsman9get well soon buddy ...
31mark.robinsonGet Well Soon ...
32CaptainCanuck87this is as ugly an injury as it gets. Prayers are ...
33beanie1125cups - "Lighting up the Laffers" really has a lo ...
34#00SCARY!!!!!!!!!!! ...
35seabassGet will soon Zed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...
36Ontario4SensGod speed Richard. Well see you back soon, and sc ...
37HabsMonsterZeddy is very underrated hockey player and he was ...
38leafs4life2004That was by far the scariest thing I have ever wit ...
39tOILet_countryI didnt see the play, but my girlfriend is a Sabre ...
40IHATETHESENS!!!I havent seen the incident but it sound horribable ...
41maguirmI hope he is ok. I am surprised this does not happ ...
42WindsorHab#101Our prayers are with Richard & his family. Get ...
43GOLEAFS67best wishes.and get well soon.. "lighting up the L ...
44Buffalo777I witness this watching the game tonight, it broug ...
45jnevasaying prayers for u Richard ...
46hoboksfrom all hocky fans everywhere get well soon ...
47jboutin77Good recovery R.Zed, hope to see you back playing ...
48DaFanSending good thoughts! What a horrible sight. Br ...
49Red_LeafZednik is not very lucky. He receives some pretty ...
50WallisWe all wish Richard Zednik all the best in his rec ...
51KnowledgistSends chills down the spine. All the best to Zedn ...
52BfloGene12SCARY!..a grim reminder of Cowboy Malarchuk's seve ...
53flare_knightJust a horrible thing to see happen. Prayers are d ...
54kyuuseiThat's just scary.. Get well soon Zednik. My thoug ...
55Pens4Cup82thoughts and prayers to Zednik from hockey fans ar ...
56habitant5Recover quickly, Richard, you are a first class gu ...
57TML20BELFOURTake your time to get well.Don't rush to get back ...
58msalewskiAll hockey fans are with you Richard, hope to see ...
59purepens87GET WELL RICHARD ZEDNIK. This is a horrible thing ...
60SNAFUBEST WISHES!!! ...
61bailey_you never ever want to see something like this hap ...
62theonlyringerPrayers are with you and the Zednik family........ ...
63oil90I cant believe they kept playing!!! Both teams mu ...
64PullUpYourBootsPerfect example of how reckless this game has gott ...
65jason14Oviously none of us ever want to see this happen t ...
66TzatzikiI know for a fact that Olli Jokinen will take this ...
67mhlguruGet well soon Richard. My thoughts and prayers are ...
68MikethepitbullWhat a scary freak accident. Get well soon man... ...
69habsfanmyrHow can you have such bad luck?!? The guy finally ...
70sportscrazyMan that's not good at all. Hope for speedy recov ...
71CCCCI'm wearing my old Habs Zednik jersey tomorrow to ...
72habsfan4ever87everyone here in montreal is wishing Zednik a safe ...
73OttawaSenators2007not sure i even want to see this highlight. i hope ...
74madtrapperHow many incidents like what happen to Zednik t ...
75enlockmy prayers are with richard zednik ...
76habsfan4ever87Pyke, i understand that neck protectors would help ...
77Cloud03I hope he recovers fast. And I absoulutely agree h ...
78ThatsHockeyHere's hoping for a speedy recovery. What a strang ...
79jballs71Wow!! Scary stuff.It's amazing he still had the pr ...
80AGreenThank goodness he was able to get medical attentio ...
81zarley_zalapskiGet well soon buddy! ...
82superd316 Get well soon Zednik , Our thoughts a prayers are ...
83exponutVery scary incident. Richard I sure hope all will ...
84mystrythngI was sitting behind the benches just left of cent ...
85moose897I hope Zednik makes a complete recovery. It makes ...
86SABRESFAN444111I have never felt so helpless as I sat only a feww ...
87krogers29I was at the Game, 1st Row litterly 4 seats from ...
88yousnoozeyouloseTerrrible accident. BUt amazing for Zednik to be a ...
89ericawoww..prayers with his family and i hope he gets w ...
90addagioWish you the very best Richard. ...
91Daniel12The faces of those in the pic behind zednik descri ...
92hollendetrasheZed will be back. He is a tough cookie. He took a ...
93deltawingsI am still in shock... ...
94Grinder14Good luck Richard. That was a scary incident. Thum ...
95FeliceVery scary moment. Could this mean new mandatory ...
96jpf24thank god he'll be ok, I hope the best for him, an ...
97jenjuOur thoughts are with you and your family....get w ...
98gostillerzMy prayers are with Zed, his family, his team, and ...
99gohabsgo29Best of luck to Richard! Get well soon!!! ...
100KingOilget better , Zed. ...
101dpgnomeNeckguards! Every kid wears one, why not NHLers ...
102TheMcCabeShowIm sure i can speak on the behalf of all hacokey f ...
103TeflonDonIt just goes to show how irrelevant the game of ho ...
10440Zetterberg40What an awful scene. I hope nothing but the best ...
105dpgnomeHope you're OK Richard. May all hope be with you. ...
106neelyfan84Get well soon, Richard! ...
107PlinkoKingGlad to hear the surgery went well. Hope to see y ...
108Boyertownit's kinda amazing we don't see things like this h ...
109flesh_boyGet well Richard. From Montreal canadiens Fan. ...
110habs312From a montreal canadians fan,I hope ypu get well ...
111soul06They should of just gave each team 2 pts and calle ...
112freealbertathroat protectors, throat protectors - when will t ...
113alpostropheBest wishes and good luck to you and yours Mr. Zed ...
114mutant211I can't imagine how either team mustered up the wi ...
115habs24xThat picture says a thousand words. The looks on ...
116ZolafrogBest wishes to Zednik for a safe recovery and I ho ...
117ckupget well soon, played agreat game in btown sat. ni ...
118p-dawgthehabsfanHope you are all recovered and back to your self a ...
119habs24xNeck guards are useless. No NHL player would want ...
120harveygrrlGod speed, Richard. ...
121mauzamWishing you all the best Zed, Get well soon! ...
122RedfenrilThis is as bad as I seen. His face told the s ...
123NYI85I lost a friend to the same accident playing pond ...
124Steiner02My thoughts are with Richard and his family at thi ...
125Sundin13Clint Malarchuk accident all over again..... ...
126adtthosa19A truly terrifying accident....my prayers go out t ...
127miketysonScary stuff! Get well Richard hope you make a full ...
128dyhardduckMy regards to Richard Zednik and the Florida Panth ...
129anaheimfan1993Get well soon Zed! You and your family are in my t ...
130kaymenget well soon Zednik you tough tough bugger! (w ...
131mwnazzy_11That was the scariest thing that I have in a long ...
132lockedgeWow. I haven't seen much live footage of this, but ...
133CanorcasNo player deserves that kind of injury- Especially ...
134joebearsonGod Bless Richard - our prayers are with him. ...
135SpezDispenserSounds like he'll be okay. Every hockey fan wishe ...
136vjoshi99Get well soon, Zednik. The Hockey world's thought ...
137ajaybalWe're praying for you Richard. Get well soon! ...
138BeNsInOVery graphic scene, very happy to hear he is ok. I ...
139chipper2040Wishing him the Best! Amazing that he skated to th ...
140marcel55Our prayers are with you Richard and best wishs ...
141dagleyI pray to God he is alright. It'll be a welcome si ...
142paltrinieriGO ZEDS! Smart play getting quick to the bench! Ge ...
143probleGod Bless and get well soon Richard! Sending praye ...
144yakuza_82Richard Zednick was able to get off the ice while ...
145gg39Scary stuff...prayers to Zed and his wife. ...
146mapleblueraptornautsget well Richard...this is something that fans don ...
147icemo86It's unbelievable that he was able to get himself ...
148maroon_golfGood to hear hes alright.....get well soon buddy. ...
149smarterthanjfjthe game should have been canceled...sure the leag ...
150WhitermageCaps fans don't forget players we like, and Zednik ...
151tundraMy thoughts are with the Zednik family tonight. I ...
152jammaHope he's alright and comes out with little no phy ...
153leafsportMy thoughts and prayers are with you! ...
154Bleed_Blue_And_WhitePerhaps its time for the NHL to implement neck gua ...
155sportsguy_53I'll be keeping you in my prayers richard, this is ...
156ndp1973GET WELL SOON !!! ...
157trysten1From a Maple Leaf fan get well soon Richard scary ...
158senturionJust saw the replay on TSN -- scary incident. Inc ...
159Senatorsfan69Wow that was a crazy freak accident!! I really ho ...
160magicoilyoctopiGet well soon, Richard. Thank God the medical staf ...
161loneranger67i was watching the game on tv last night and saw i ...
162chfan21I wish you a speedy recovery Richard. Get Well So ...
163RedNosedBurglarsWatched the game on Centre Ice. Awful situation, b ...
164GailHabBuddy39_peiGet well soon Richard my prayers and concern are w ...
165JBHabGod Bless and get well soon Richard! ...
166aplamI remember malachuk's incident, and since then i'v ...
167Drs5763best wishes to the zednik family... hope for a qu ...
168HabsMan2004As a Habs fan my thoughts and prayers are with Ric ...
169troy2slickAs a huge fan of the Leafs, it was fun watching yo ...
170nnancyyNow that was scary. You don't even need to see th ...
171sensrul018Best wishes for a quick recovery, Richard. ...
172melacur99From Habs fans everywhere glad to hear that your o ...
173jnelson43Wow...what are the odds that two of the worst skat ...
174HabsFan4Life20Get well soon buddy. ...
175LeafersNo matter who u are, this is something no one want ...
176RatIn light of this. Should the NHL make neck guards ...
177HabstilidieHockey wishes you a healthy recovery Zeddy.. ...
178skins00We're thinking of you big guy! ...
179TimCanadienThank goodness Zednik had his wits about him to sk ...
180AmericanarioVery scary moment to watch. Best wishes to Zhedni ...
181Habs33Now we know why minor hockey players have to wear ...
182Iceman7Get well soon. May the force be with you. ...
183ajpop12I hope Zeddie's okay! Get well soon. ...
184TheMick7Richard, good luck and God Bless ...
185BillGSpeedy recovery and get weel soon. Very scary to ...
186posavoieWow, that game should've been called... I know MY ...
187icequeenBest wishes to Richard Zednik for a fast and compl ...
188TopCheddaNever seen anything like this...Get well Richard e ...
189leafsrule9Get well soon...... From all of us here in Newmark ...
190chfan21This is a horrible tragedy, however I dont think n ...
191IGGYFORPM1Yikes! Glad to head he is recovering well. Who car ...
192JBHabAs a Habs fan I agree with GOLEAFS67 & beanie1 ...
193deanhickeyOne of the sickest feeling you get is when you see ...
194STRONGBOWJOEOUCH!!!!!! I guess players should wear neck guard ...
195DavewindsorMay God bless you and get well soon. Thanks for al ...
196wisslerThere seems to be a sudden increase in player's sk ...
197vrooomedFrom all NHL fans, get well soon! What a scary sce ...
198stubby88You know when something like this happens, it real ...
199scott29from all us lighting fans get well soon zed ...
200dijeScary stuff... glad to hear the surgery went well! ...
201w3knGet well soon Zed! ...
202marvellis1018I was at this game and It was one of the more shoc ...
203TheKanataThrillaThank God for both Zed's quick response to the acc ...
204boston_fredgreat medical staff, good to see him get taken car ...
205redwing_91_2002Get well soon!!! ...
206teamsandwichOur thoughts and prayers are with Richard and his ...
207LVNHCKYTwo words..Ouch and I hope your feeling a bit bett ...
208Habs_nomatter_what!!!!A very lucky man.Could've gotten worse real fast.T ...
209BigD22Several years ago I saw a report about a new skate ...
210hockeyjnkyGet well soon Zeds. He is in good hands. Buffalo ...
211Bruinfan1962Note to Fla. Panthers: don't forget to keep his lo ...
212canesfan2511Glad to see that he is on the road to recovery. Al ...
213mediks11The scary thing is, this all may have been avoided ...
214Solo8Wow, scary scene. The look on the faces of the peo ...
215scawtiHope Zeds recovers soon. Nice to see Buffalo fans ...
216Mvanavery3From all of the New Jersey Devils Fans, GET WELL S ...
217SabresFan2006First it was Malarchuk, then it was Kevin Everett, ...
218daffygremlinGet well soon. We'll miss you. ...
219CaptStabbinGood luck & get well soon from all Oiler fans ...
220dundeeroadwould a neck guard have prevented the injury? ...
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