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from Tal Pinchevsky at the New York Times,
Through their lengthy and winding N.H.L. careers, the lifelong friends Michal Handzus and Richard Zednik never lost track of their ultimate plan. After combining to play in 1,754 games for 10 N.H.L. teams, they kept their promise to each other and returned to their Slovakian hometown, Banska Bystrica, to begin the next chapter in their hockey lives.
“Always, I knew when I’m done with hockey I’m going to go back,” said Zednik, 41, who during his playing career spent every summer training with Handzus in Banska Bystrica. “I left home when I was 18. I retired when I was 35. I enjoy it.”
A central Slovakian city of almost 80,000 people, surrounded mostly by mountains and forests, Banska Bystrica is one of Eastern Europe’s unsung hockey cradles. Locals first began playing what they called “Canadian hockey” in 1922, and the city’s hockey club began operations in 1961. Its arena, which opened as an indoor facility in 1966, is believed to be one of the oldest in Europe.
The team bounced between the country’s first and second divisions, eventually establishing a youth program that groomed Zednik and Handzus. Together, the two helped create a golden age of hockey in the city, culminating in a competitive 1994-95 season in the Extraliga, Slovakia’s highest division.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
Richard Zednik will not play for the Florida Panthers or any other NHL team next season.
Zednik, 33, has signed a two-year contract with Russian Superleague team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the team reported on its Web Site on Thursday. An NHL source confirmed the report.
From Steve Gorten at the Sun-Sentinel:
Winger Richard Zednik skated on the ice at HSBC Arena this morning for the first time since he skated off it Feb. 10 of last year covering his neck with his glove in fear for his life. Zednik’s carotid artery was accidentally slashed by teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate in the third period of a game against the Sabres that night.
Zednik said one of the surgeons who performed surgery on him that night invited him over to her house for dinner last night. He went and they reminisced about the incident and that night.
Here are some of his thoughts after this morning’s skate on what it was like on the ice:
“I was trying not to think about it. I want to just focus on hockey.”
Zednik was the first Panther on the ice this morning and skated toward the boards near where the incident happened, but he said that was simply coincidental.
“I’m not going back. I’m looking forward. I’m not trying to go back. What happened, happened. I’ve already passed that. I don’t want to go back and think about what could have happened.”
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday
No one could say for sure Zednik, the former Islander, would survive the horrifying, gruesome, freakish injury he sustained in Buffalo that night when teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate accidentally slashed Zednik in the throat and cut his carotid artery. Zednik lost five pints of blood.
“Every time I think about it, I get chills,” teammate Jason Cullimore told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, recalling having helped Zednik off the ice.
Surgeons spent an hour reconnecting the artery. The operation left a long scar but saved Zednik’s life and restored his career.
from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
Have heard Richard Zednik’s name tossed about as being possibly traded to Toronto along with MVR (Mike Van Ryn). Have not been able to confirm this in anyway shape or form, but this wouldn’t surprise me. As much as the Panthers like Zednik, there is a thought there that once he comes back his past injury is going to be a distraction. And it will be.
Whatever city the Panthers go to, the local media is going to want to talk to Zednik and do a big story on him. It’s natural. And that means players like Stephen Weiss, Bryan Allen—anyone who was here last year—is going to be asked to comment on said story on just about every road trip.
more on the Panthers…
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Spoke to JM today, and he says he does not expect Chad Kilger to play for the Panthers this season….
“He’s still dealing with some personal issues, and at this point, I don’t think he’ll be playing,’’ Martin said. “We still hold his rights. He’s indicated to me that if he were to play, he’d want to play for us. We’re not the issue.’’
On a more positive note, JM says he’s spoken to both Richard Zednik and trainer David Zenobi and the reports are Zednik is doing a lot of physical work and is expected to be in good shape when training camp kicks off.
From the CP via TSN,
“I was cut before in my face and I didn’t even feel it. This time, it was kind of like a stab, I felt like somebody stabbed me,” he said. “After it wasn’t the pain, it was more what was going to happen.
“I kind of got a bit weaker when I got to the bench and then I don’t remember much but I remember I was talking to our trainer Zenobi and a doctor was putting so much pressure on my neck I couldn’t breathe. ..
“I was just wishing, `OK, let’s go to the surgery, give me some injections so I’m going to be sleeping and I can wake up after.’ It was painful just the pressure they were putting on my neck.”
His carotid artery on the right side of his throat was nearly completely severed. Surgery to reattach it at Buffalo General Hospital took an hour.
more from Zednik as he addressed the media today
Update 3:25pm ET: ESPN provides video (below) of the press conference:
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Richard Zednik barely felt the skate slice into his throat, but the blood that immediately gushed from his neck gave him all the information he needed. He knew he was in grave danger if he didn’t skate to the Florida Panthers’ bench. He was well aware he could be facing death.
“I knew I was in trouble,” Zednik said Friday before leaving the Mansion on Delaware, where he spent Thursday night after being discharged from Buffalo General Hospital, and flying back to Florida. “I didn’t feel anything, but there was just so much blood. I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I knew I had to get to the bench.”
From Pete Pelegrin at the Miami Herald,
The cut left Zednik with a gash nearly two inches long—and Jokinen with an emotional scar.
‘‘I was watching the replay a couple of times, and it kind of makes me feel sick,’’ Jokinen said Tuesday after the Panthers’ first practice since the incident. “First, you go through and you want to see what actually happened. . . . It was just a freak accident. Losing blood like that—you never see anything like that. You remember that the rest of your life. You just have to find a way to deal and live with it.’‘
added 1:59pm, via the Florida Panthers,
STATEMENT FROM RICHARD & JESSICA ZEDNIK
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Richard and Jessica Zednik today released a statement through Buffalo General Hospital.
Jessica Zednik, wife of the injured Florida Panther said, “On behalf of Richard and our entire family, I want to thank the fans, his teammates, the Panthers and Sabres organizations, plus so many others for their prayers and well wishes. I especially want to thank the medical staff involved in his care and the Buffalo General Hospital for their tremendous support during this difficult time. Richard continues to improve and we are encouraged each day. We thank you for respecting our privacy and would ask everyone to continue to keep Richard in their thoughts over the next few days.”
Update 2:10pm ET: TSN is reporting: “Richard Zednik continues to improve and should be released from hospital within the next 48-72 hours.”
from the Florida Panthers,
Richard Zednik continued to recover Monday afternoon at Buffalo General Hospital after undergoing surgery for a neck laceration suffered during Sunday’s game against the Sabres.
During a press conference Monday afternoon at Buffalo General, doctors said Zednik was alert, was able to speak, and didn’t appear to have any longterm injuries from the incident.
“He actually asked me when he could go back to training,” said Sonya Noor, M.D., the attending surgeon for Zednik.
Zednik was expected to remain in the intensive care unit through this evening as he continues recovering from carotid artery that Noor described as “hanging like a thread” when he arrived at Buffalo General.
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added 6:59pm, from the Buffalo News,
The Clint Malarchuk comparisons can stop. Richard Zednik’s injury was much more life- threatening.
The four doctors who treated Zednik used words today such as “profusely,” “devastating,” “hanging by a thread” and “lucky” to describe the sliced carotid artery injury suffered by Zednik on Sunday.
Earlier today, Denis Potvin was on “Hockey This Morning” (NHL Home Ice XM 204) describing the scene last night in Buffalo regarding the horrific injury to Richard Zednik. Denis was doing color for FSN Florida last night.
Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204 for the providing the audio for KK readers.
Note: details of last night’s events were previously posted here on KK (including video).
Update 2:04pm ET: An update from the Panthers states that Zednik is still in stable condition, but remains in the intensive care unit.
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Just breaking news from the Panthers/Sabres game, Richard Zednik just took a skate to the neck from Olli Jokinen.
Zednik was raced to the lockerroom… no update yet…
The arena is silent…
8:17pm, screencap added.
8:19pm, Sabres broadcast crew reporting Zednik is in stable condition and being transported to hospital.
8:23pm, After about a 15 minute delay, the game continues. They had to bring out the Zamboni to clean up the ice, there was a large amount of blood on the ice.
8:36pm, TSN link describing what happened…
8:46pm, Jaques Martin in his post game presser stated Zednik was conscious while being transported to the hospital. Florida trainer went to the hospital with him and Martin is just waiting for an update.
9:05pm, video added…
9:16pm, MSG reporting Zednik in surgery.
10:43pm, Numerous reports are Zednik is out of surgery and resting.
12:23am, Should the game have continued?
11:21am, An interview with Denis Potvin this morning, who called the game last night for FSN Florida.