Former NHL forward Wojtek Wolski suffered a serious injury during a KHL game Thursday in Russia.
Wolski, who plays for Magnitogorsk Metallurg, crashed into the boards and is reportedly out for the season with two broken cervical vertebrae (the vertebrae of the neck), spinal cord trauma, and a concussion.
As you can see in the video, Wolski had to be taken off on a stretcher. He was immediately hospitalized but will not require surgery, according to Postmedia.
“I never thought I’d say I got lucky after breaking my neck,” Wolski told TSN’s Gino Reda, per Postmedia. “But it really could have been a lot worse. (I’m) staying positive and hoping to make a full quick recovery sometime late this season.”
Wolski, 30, played 451 NHL games for the Avalanche, Coyotes, Rangers, Panthers, and Capitals.