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Hudler avoids serious injury after taking skate to neck

Dec 26, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

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Calgary Flames winger Jiri Hudler had a close call playing for Trinec in the Czech League.

Play-by-play announcer Roman Jedlicka reports that Hudler was hospitalized after taking a skate to the neck Wednesday. Hudler needed stitches but avoided a major injury because the skate blade didn’t cut an artery, according to Jedlicka.

His Czech team described it as “nothing serious.”

That’s pretty scary stuff, yet ultimately it seems like Hudler’s situation is more like Travis Moen‘s close call than the debilitating skate-blade injuries suffered by Clint Malarchuk, Alexei Yashin, Richard Zednik and others before.

Overseas injury reports can occasionally be a bit spotty, so PHT will provide an update if Hudler’s health outlook is actually worse than indicated.

At the moment, it seems like the Flames can breathe a sigh of relief after big offseason acquisition probably dodged a bullet, though.

  1. travishenryskid - Dec 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Neck guards should be mandatory. Malarchuk, Zednik, this… One of these times they won’t be so lucky. It’s not like a neck guard hinders performance. Two minutes after you put it on you forget you are wearing it.

    • esracerx46 - Dec 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      Professional athletes are a stubborn bunch. Can not agree with you enough. And neck guards might also have a duel purpose. A couple years ago I read an article where a doctor studying concussions found that by having a band on the neck slightly constricts blood flow from leaving the brain thus giving the brain more cushioning and possibly reducing concussions. No idea if it works, but the dude was thinking outside the box and beats the hell out of more “safety” equipment.

  2. xjokerz - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    nobody is stopping players from wearing them…..

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