Richard Zednik required life-saving surgery yesterday after a freak on-ice accident during the Panther/Sabres game in Buffalo. Zednik's neck was sliced by teammate Olli Jokinen's skate after Jokinen had collided with Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur. The collision sent him into the ice and his skate into Zednik's neck, severing the player’s carotid artery, the Associated Press reports.
After managing to skate himself across the arena, Zednik was rushed to a nearby hospital where it was learned the skate narrowly missed his jugular vein. Upon the surgery’s completion, he was listed in stable condition. Zednik, a 12-year veteran, is playing his first season with the Panthers after being signed as a free-agent last summer.