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Wojtek Wolski suffers broken neck crashing into boards in KHL game


Wojtek Wolski, a former first-round draft selection of the Colorado Avalanche, broke his neck sliding headfirst into the boards in a KHL game Thursday, the league announced.

Officially diagnosed with two broken cervical vertebrae, spinal cord trauma, and a concussion, the Magnitogorsk forward is expected to miss the rest of the season.

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Wolski remains in intensive care, but also in good spirits. He spoke with TSN's Gino Reda, who passed along this message from the 30-year-old:

"I never thought I'd say I got lucky breaking my neck. But it really could have been a lot worse. Staying positive, and hoping to make a quick recovery sometime late this season"

Wolski has spent the last four seasons in the KHL. He appeared in 27 games for the Washington Capitals in his last NHL action.

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