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Sitting up in the 300 level for a sabres game at the HSBC arena lets you see everything. When Richard Zednik was hit in the neck with a skate out of the corner of my eye i caught Ryan Miller and Brian Campbell waving there hands and what looked like them to be yelling their heads off for a trainer to get to Zednik ASAP. Earlier in the night Miller had called for the referees attention for another Florida Panther down who had been struck with a puck in frount of the Sabre net. At first many people did not know that his neck had been slashed. from where i looked we all thought his nose broke because the blood stain looked like it was on the glass. I have no idea how he had the strenght to skate to the bench because it could have been much worse if he would have just fell to the ice.

The Buffalo trainer immediatly jumped on the ice and about 2 minutes later the gurney was rushed from the zamboni entrance and and the drs where in the dressing room. The arena was dead silent and everyone was worried. looking down on the ice everyone was rushing linesmen and officials were going behind the benches and in the zamboni entrance trying to find out any information to pass on and to make sure that everything was being taking care off. About 15 minutes after this all began over the P.A System it was announced that Richard Zednik was stable and on his way to the hospital and everyone stood up and gave a standing ovation.

Great work to all the officials trainers and everyone on the ice for getting attention to Zednik as quick as they did. it could have saved his life. Hopes a and Prayers to Richard Zednik and hopefully this has the ending he deserves.
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February 11, 2008 10:04 AM ET | Delete
Sounds like a horrific incident. Glad he's ok! As much as I hate to see this kind of thing I hope it doesn't start some bleeding heart movement to have skate-blades dulled down to prevent this kind of thing...
February 11, 2008 10:10 AM ET | Delete
The league should have mandated all players wearing neck guards before, despite comfort. Its amazing how long it takes for stuff to happen, and unfortunately it takes these things to raise awareness. 1) Bill Masterton (68) No helmets mandatory till 79-80 season)2) Clint Malarchuk (89) Goalie neck guards mandatory)3) Rene Bourque and Richard Zednik (when?)Hope the best to him.
February 11, 2008 12:21 PM ET | Delete
I was sitting in Section 103, 5 rows from the ice, in the corner where the incident occured. I saw Jokinen falling awkwardly with the leg in the air, Zednik running right into it and a river of blood pouring out. Zednik had no chance of avoiding it.It was the single most grotesque thing I have ever witnessed in my life. I wish Zednik and his family well. Something else that I have not see yet is the class of the Florida Panther organization. The Assistant GM, Trainer stayed with Zednik and they chartered a flight immediately for his wife to come to Buffalo to be with her husband. Maybe it is something that we should expect from teams, but it was great to see the amount of care that was shown by the Panthers.
February 11, 2008 12:21 PM ET | Delete
I was sitting in 302 and it was a awful disturbing sight. The silence at HSBC was deafning. Didn't feel like watching the rest of the game and I don't know how the players carried on. Great job Sabre doctors and everyone else involved! Good luck Richard!
February 11, 2008 12:43 PM ET | Delete
I was at the game, and it was just awful. I had my daughter and I found it difficult to assure he'd be fine without knowing. I am so glad they made an annoucement indicating he was stable. And you know, although I was not too interested in paying attention the rest of the game, i think am glad they continued. I'm not sure I was ready to leave -- certainly not ready to drive. It gave just enough of a distraction to settle our nerves. As for the players, though, it may have been unfair to ask them to do that. I don't know how they did -- especially the Panthers. Best wishes to Richard Zednick and here's hoping we see him on the ice again soon.
February 11, 2008 2:56 PM ET | Delete
Even from section 311 (Other end of the ice, same "Faceoff circle") it was pretty horrifying. Never want to see its like again. Praying for a speedy recovery and a return to hockey for Richard Zednik
February 11, 2008 3:09 PM ET | Delete
I've only seen this from TV's perspective, but I can imagine what it must have looked like. I am a Flyers fan, but I want to tip my hat to all of you Sabres fans out there who gave the standing ovation when they announced that he was in stable condition. That was very classy!
February 11, 2008 3:26 PM ET | Delete
Thanks 72: It was a very emotional moment and what a great relief it was to the fans and I'm sure the players. Once again, proud to call myself a Sabres fan! I don't think it sunk in for me personally until this am when I watched a replay and listened to comments from players and coaches. Would'nt have bothered me if they stopped the game. Zednik is a very lucky man today.
February 11, 2008 3:40 PM ET | Delete
From section 108: I was terrified when i heard the whole thing about getting cut, and it pained me to see the giant blood trail from the circle to the bench.
February 11, 2008 4:55 PM ET | Delete
I watched on TV and didn't realize what happened until the replay. I really thought this could be it. Even when Malarchuk caught a blade to the neck, I did not see that much blood. That's what shocked me. So much blood lost, so fast. It was horrific. I didn't think they would continue to play and did not think that good news about his condition would fortunately come back as fast as it did. He's blessed!
February 11, 2008 7:20 PM ET | Delete
I witnessed years ago Clint Malarchuk getting his neck sliced at the old Aud my dad took me there to watch the game since it was so close to where we lived in Ontario. I was a kid at the time and I was so shocked by seeing all the blood pour out. I was playing MTHL AAA at the time and decided to wear a neck protector but I was thinking a neck protector as those worn by nights that would attatch to the helmet and go down to the base of the neck attatching to the shoulder pads would the best solution. The material could be a metal mesh that would have give for the player to move his neck completely but never really touching his neck. I am working on a prototype to present to anyone who wishes to see I think it would work. Since I posted it here I hope people respect my copyright. DT
February 11, 2008 9:19 PM ET | Delete
Neck guards won't be made mandatory, contrary to what lethrash said, goalies still are not required to where neck guards after the Malarchuk incident and I doubt the NHL will enforce it this time. I could see if it happened every few years or so but this is the first incident in 20 years time. Lets focus on getting players to wear visors and reducing concussions before anything. Best wishes to Zednik in his recovery
February 11, 2008 11:45 PM ET | Delete
They showed a clip tonight on Versus and it was horrifying! My brother is in the medical field and said that Zednik being able to skate over to the trainer instead of collapsing on the ice might have saved his life. He was skating in on the fore-check so obviously his heart was pumping harder and with the severity of the injury, if he had collapsed to the ice, he would have lost several ounces of blood every time his heart beat until the trainer arrived. He could have easily bled out or had severe brain damage. Thank God he's O.K.!
February 13, 2008 9:43 PM ET | Delete
That must have been a crazy scene. The first time I saw the clip of the incident my eyes were wide open for a good 5 minutes. I hope something like that never happens again.
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