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SPHL game suspended after gruesome injury


A Southern Professional Hockey League game was suspended during the second period in Peoria, Illinois Saturday night after Huntsville Havoc center Justin Cseter suffered a severe skate cut.

According to Dave Eminian of the Journal Star, the skate of Peoria’s Dennis Sicard inadvertently cut Cseter across an unprotected gap between the bottom of his pants and above his shin pad.

Eminian reports doctors said the cut was about 1 1/2 inches deep and about six inches wide across his inner thigh on his right leg. His muscle was cut, but the skate blade missed his artery.

Saturday’s incident is reminiscent of the injury former Winnipeg Jets’ defenseman Zach Redmond suffered following a skate cut in February 2013. Redmond suffered a lacerated femoral artery when teammate Antti Miettinen’s skate cut him during a practice.

Redmond, now with the Colorado Avalanche, missed roughly three months of action recovering from the cut.

Selanne, goalies headline Finnish Olympic camp roster


Earlier on Monday, the American, Canadian and Russian Olympic orientation camp rosters were revealed. NHL.com also shared Finland’s group, which includes 18 returning members of the team that won the bronze in 2010.

The two biggest questions that come to mind are:

1) Will Teemu Selanne hang up his skates before the 2014 Winter Olympics?

2) Which goalie will stand out in a distinguished group of netminders to become the No. 1 guy?

Here’s the full camp roster:

Forwards: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenheim, *Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, *Niklas Hagman, Teemu Hartikainen, Juha-Pekka Hytonen, Jarkko Immonen, Jesse Joensuu, Jussi Jokinen, *Olli Jokinen, *Niko Kapanen, *Mikko Koivu, *Saku Koivu (Anaheim), Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jarno Koskiranta, Jori Lehtera, Ville Leino, *Antti Miettinen, Janne Pesonen, Lennart Petrell, Antti Pihlstrom, *Jarkko Ruutu, *Tuomo Ruutu, Sakari Salminen, Veli-Matti Savinainen and *Teemu Selanne.

Defensemen: Juuso Hietanen, Topi Jaakola, Joonas Jarvinen, Jere Karalahti, *Lasse Kukkonen, Teemu Laakso, *Sami Lepisto, *Toni Lydman, Tuukka Mantyla, *Janne Niskala, Petteri Nummelin, *Joni Pitkanen, *Sami Salo, *Kimmo Timonen, Sami Vatanen and Ossi Vaananen.

Goalies: *Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Antti Raanta, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Karri Ramo and Petri Vehanen.

* – means that player was part of the 2010 squad.

Selanne, Rask highlight Finland’s Olympic Camp roster


Finland has named its 54-man camp roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — a group filled with veteran experience at forward and arguably the best goaltending depth in the world.

Up front, the Finns have invited a slew of NHLers, including a number of elder statesmen: Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu, Olli Jokinen and Antti Miettinen, all of whom are 32 or older.

The most notable inclusion is Selanne, the 42-year-old winger that would be participating in his sixth Winter Olympics should he be selected for Sochi.

Selanne made his Olympic debut at the 1992 games in Albertville, finishing fourth in scoring (behind Canada’s Joe Juneau and Czechoslovakia’s Robert Lang, to give you an idea of how long ago that was.)

In goal, Finland boasts a wealth of talent.

Tuukka Rask, fresh off a Stanley Cup Final appearance with Boston, has been selected for camp, as has ’13 Vezina nominee Antti Niemi, ’12 Vezina nominee Pekka Rinne, NHL wins leader Niklas Backstrom, Dallas starter Kari Lehtonen and newly-signed Flames goalie Karri Ramo.

The Finns are weakest on defense, where only a handful of NHL regulars — Toni Lydman, Joni Pitkanen, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen — made the camp roster.

Here’s the full list of invitees:


Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Antti Raanta, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Karri Ramo, Petri Vehanen


Jusso Hietanen, Topi Jaakola, Joonas Harvinen, Jere Karalahti, Lasse Kukkonen, Teemu Laakso, Sami Lepisto, Toni Lydman, Tuukka Mantyla, Janne Niskala, Petteri Nummelin, Joni Pitkanen, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Sami Vatanen, Ossi Vaananen


Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenheim, Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, Niklas Hagman, Teemu Hartikainen, Juha-Pekka Hytonen, Jarkko Immonen, Jesse Joensuu, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Niko Kapanen, Mikko Koivu, Saku Koivu, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jarno Koskiranta, Jori Lehtera, Ville Leino, Antti Miettinen, Janne Pesonen, Lennart Petrell, Antti Pihlstrom, Jarkko Ruutu, Tuomo Ruutu, Sakari Salminen, Veli-Matti Savinainen, Teemu Selanne

Jets shake off Sabres to stay in East mix


The Winnipeg Jets insist on keeping the heat on the rest of the East’s playoff bubble teams.

While they remain in ninth place, the Jets still have a shot to make the postseason thanks to a tight 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. (Look for an updated view of the East playoff picture once the Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators game is over.)

The Sabres gave the Jets more than a few scares, yet Ondrej Pavelec added to his vault of highlight reel saves to keep Winnipeg in the lead.

Aaron Gagnon opened up the scoring in the game with a 1-0 goal, only to see Thomas Vanek tie things up on the power play. Antti Miettinen won it about midway through the third period with a slapper.

The Jets have two games remaining on their schedule: a road game against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday and then a home contest vs. the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Tomorrow’s match against the Caps is the marquee matchup, as the Southeast Division crown is still up for grabs:

Washington: 52 points with three games left (22 regulation/OT wins)
Winnipeg: 51 points with two games left (22 ROW)

In other words, there’s still plenty of hope for the Jets, even if they need a little help.

Jets recall Redmond from AHL conditioning stint

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Zach Redmond’s incredible recovery is near complete.

The 24-year-old defenseman, who was thought to be lost for the season after suffering a lacerated femoral artery in February, has been recalled by the Jets from AHL St. John’s after a conditioning assignment.

Redmond appeared in two games over the weekend for the IceCaps, registering two assists while recording six shots on goal.

Should he get into the Winnipeg lineup prior to the end of the year — the Jets have three games left — it’ll mark one of the greatest in-season comebacks ever.

Redmond was seemingly lost for the year on Feb. 21 when teammate Antti Miettinen skated over his leg during a pregame skate in Carolina.

The former Ferris State standout lost two pints of blood after his artery was sliced, an injury that left his chances of a return to pro hockey at 50-50, according to Jets team physician Dr. Peter McDonald.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle considering what’s he’s been through,” McDonald said. “We’re all aware of what happened.

“Considering the magnitude of the injury and the insult, not only to the leg but the whole body, it’s quite miraculous.”

At the time of the incident, Jets head athletic therapist said Redmond’s laceration was “easily the most grave incident” he’s been a part of during his 12-year career.

Judging by this photo of Redmond’s leg, you can see why:



Prior to getting hurt, Redmond was enjoying a successful rookie campaign, scoring 1G-3A-4PTS in eight games while averaging 19:35 time on ice per contest.