Hockey: a Finnish player seriously cut in the throat during a match

Hockey: Finnish player seriously cut in throat during match


Finnish star hockey player Jenni Hiirikoski can count herself lucky to be alive after suffering a cut to her neck during a match in Sweden's elite league on Sunday. < /p>

The three-time Olympic Games participant who plays for Lulea was hit by the skate of a Brynas IF rival in the third period of the second match of the circuit final. The 35-year-old, however, was able to get immediate medical attention on the ice and was sent to hospital about 15 minutes later. Luckily for everyone involved, Hiirikoski's condition stabilized and she posted a message of thanks on social media.

“Today I experienced a very scary episode on the rink. However, following an operation, I am fine and have already been able to return home, she wrote on Instagram, while accompanying her message with a photo showing her in a hospital bed with a neck bandage. I would like to thank everyone who helped me, both at the arena and at the hospital. I am extremely grateful for everything you have done for me.”

In the National Hockey League, there have been a few such cases over the past few decades. Among those who suffered serious neck cuts during a match are goalkeeper Clint Malarchuk on March 22, 1989, and Richard Zednik on February 10, 2008, both of whom were rushed off a game in the city of Buffalo.