Former Hab Zednik in hospital after skate cut

Former Canadien Richard Zednik is in stable condition in a Buffalo hospital this morning after a scary incident on Sunday night.

Zednik’s throat was slashed by teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate blade as Jokinen was falling to the ground.

Zednik immediately fell to the ice with blood spurting from the gash. Thankfully, he was able to get up and skated quickly to the bench where trainers were able to slow the bleeding, a move that likely saved his life.

The game was delayed for 15 minutes as officials decided whether or not to finish the game. The Panthers flew Zednik’s wife, Jessica, to Buffalo so she could be with her husband.


  1. Ed says:

    Good luck Zednik, and get well soon. You have been a good player in the NHL, and I hope that you can resume it again soon. It was amazing to see you skate to the bench under your own power. That shows what a strong individual you are, and I am sure you will make a full recovery.

  2. Les-Habitants says:

    Get better Zednik!
    He left Montreal on his own terms, and when he left I think every fan wished him well and remember him for what he brought to this team.

    Here’s hoping to him making a full recovery, and helping the panthers into the playoffs this season.

  3. Woah_Dana says:

    Stable condition. Thank God.
    Poor guy, I can’t even imagine what was going through his head.

    Get well, Zeddy!

    GO HABS!
    ~Sergei Kostitsyn, marry me!!

  4. habfan53 says:

    Thankfully it looks like he will recover. I won’t say fully because after the McLaren hit I don’t think he was ever the same.

    Seeing him skate to the bench UNAIDED reminded me of both Donald Audette and Saku.

    While watching the TSN report some jerk reporter asks Jokinen how he feels I don’t thinkI need to repeat his answer.

    Good Luck Richard I am hoping for a full recovery and wish to see you back playing next year

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