Richard Zednik's Throat Cut by Florida Panthers Teammate's Skate
This is why I write hockey and not crime: Words fail me in trying to describe how absolutely frightening and horrific this moment from today's Florida Panthers/Buffalo Sabres game was, as Panthers forward Richard Zednik was accidentally slashed on the throat by teammate Olli Jokinen's skate, severing his jugular vein, according to the Buffalo News. The Miami Herald has more on the injury, including news that the bleeding has stopped.
The look of every player and coach on those benches tells the story. From the News: "Gasps came from the sellout crowd in HSBC Arena as it saw the more than 100-foot blood trail on the ice. After a 15-minute delay, the public-address announcer relayed that Zednik was in stable condition and on his way to a Buffalo hospital. Fans responded with a standing ovation, but silence quickly returned."
More from BfloBlog here; and while there's no update yet, keep on eye on the Miami Herald's Panthers blog for more. This is the second skate-to-the-head incident in the NHL over the weekend, as linesman Pat Dapuzzo was slashed in the Rangers/Flyers game Saturday night. And as the Buffalo News pointed out, today's incident had an eerie echo back to the most gruesome injury ever televised in the NHL: Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk nearly bleeding to death when he was slashed in the throat back in 1989.