A race for the puck during a Metallurg Magnitogorsk power play resulted in a scary injury for former NHL winger Wojtek Wolski.
During Wednesday’s game between Metallurg and Barys Astana, Magnitogorsk was working the puck around the offensive zone when a shot was blocked and directed toward the right wing boards. As Mettalurg’s Wolski chased the puck to the boards, so too did Barys’ Vladimir Markelov, and when Wolski dove to save the puck, Markelov fell on top of him and accidentally rode Wolski into the boards.
The result of the collision was Wolski, with nowhere to move, slamming headfirst into the boards while on his hands and knees. There was immediate concern for Wolski from Markelov, and it took only seconds for Magnitogorsk players to signal for medical help. Wolski, 30, was stretchered off the ice:
As one would expect, Wolski didn’t return to the game, and Metallurg coach Ilya Vorobyov said post-game that Wolski was in hospital being evaluated. Given the way the injury looked — and the way Wolski appeared to have his eyes shut as he was being taken from the ice — it would be a minor miracle if he escaped without a concussion.
“It's like he barely moved,” Vorobyov said, via a rough translation. “Now he is in the hospital, (they) are looking at his neck, looking for a concussion.”
Wolski has spent the past four seasons in the KHL, registering 65 goals and 138 points in 178 games. He came to Metallurg in time for the 2015-16 campaign, and spent the two years prior with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.
During his NHL career, Wolski played for the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche, scoring 99 goals and 267 points in 451 games. He was a first-round selection, 21st-overall, by the Avalanche in 2004.
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