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Report- Nylander Suffers Broken Neck

from the Afton Bladet translated),

Michael Nylander had the puck near the boards during an AHL game for his Rochester in Grand Rapids back Brendan Smith took the bullet. Rigging took offense at the Swede who fell to the ice in pain.

I had poked the puck down when I was tackled into the boards. The player was almost over my head. The only model. I thought I had broken collarbone in fact. It did not feel good at all, “said Nylander.

38-year-old could get the ice under their own steam but then asked about getting to go to hospital where he was X-ray. Once in the hospital bed, the doctors came then with a shock clearance.

There are two neck vertebrae that have been broken. I do not know how bad it is but the doctors will operate on me soon so we’ll see after the surgery.

continued (not translated)

I did a quick search regarding the injury which was first thought to be a arm, hand or wrist injury.

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Pharazon's avatar

no penalty was call on the play and it was considered a clean hit..

i guess he must have caught him in an odd position

Posted by Pharazon from England on 10/25/10 at 09:51 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Crazy, good at least to hear that it sounds like there’s no spinal injury?

This guy has gotten a raw deal from the CBA. One of the guys that still has good hockey in him but bad decisions by management and owners have forced him to play in the AHL. And being that he’s still an NHL talent, you know he’s been skating around down there for over a year now with a target on his back.

I hope he heals well and quickly.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/25/10 at 10:09 AM ET


Here’s an article from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle:


Posted by BuzzFledderjohn on 10/25/10 at 10:43 AM ET

thethirdcoast's avatar

I was at this game and I honestly can’t remember the shift when this incident occurred.

Too bad for Nylander, hope he gets well soon with no major after effects.

Posted by thethirdcoast from Rochester, NY on 10/25/10 at 01:36 PM ET

Osrt's avatar


That’s terrible but, yes, lucky that there was no spinal injury and that he could skate back. I hope the hit was clean and the results an accident. Touted prospect or not, Smith shouldn’t do stupid shite.

Posted by Osrt on 10/25/10 at 02:15 PM ET

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