Zednik addresses media
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik addressed the media for the first time since a serious neck injury in a February 10 game at Buffalo.
He said he remembered what happened in a freak occurrence in the third period, as teammate Olli Jokinen was upended as he attempted to reach for the puck, his right leg lifting into the air and slicing Zednik's carotid artery.
Zednik said it felt like he was stabbed, and knew he had to get to the bench.
"I remember exactly what happened. I was on the ice, I knew it was pretty bad," Zednik said.
Zednik was immediately helped by attendants, stabilized, and underwent surgery to repair the artery at a Buffalo hospital.
But the time between the incident and Zednik's stabilization was the most frightening, according to Panthers coach Jacques Martin, who accompanied Zednik at the press conference.
"All the people were fearful. It was eight to 10 minutes after the incident, we had the report from the doctors saying Richard was stable and he was going into OR," Martin said. "Probably the first 10 minutes, everybody was on edge, not knowing what could be the result."
The 32-year-old said he has talked to Jokinen and wanted to get back on the ice -- though likely with some kind of neck protection. Martin said Zednik will miss the rest of the season, though expects him to make a full recovery.
02/21 14:47:17 ET