Former Washington Capitals Winger in Intensive Care

Washington Capitals left wing Wojtek Wolski (17), of Poland, celebrates his goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Former Washington Capitals winger Wojtek Wolski is in intensive care this morning after sustaining a serious neck injury in a KHL game last night. 

Playing for defending KHL champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Wolski chased the puck toward the sideboards while on a power play and up 3-1 in the third period. As he dove, he collided with Vladimir Markelov of Barys.

Wolski slid and slammed headfirst into the boards while in the prone position. There was instant concern for Wolski as Magnitogorsk players immediately signaled for medical help. Wolski, 30, was stretchered off the ice:

Wolski played in 27 games for the Capitals during the 2012-2013 season.

Wolski left Poland with his parents and older brother Kordian in 1989 and was eventually drafted by the Colorado Avalanche (21st overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Woljtek reached out to fans through his Twitter account early this morning.

UPDATE: 11:50 AM:
An associate of Wojtek posted this message on behalf of Wolski:

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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