Former Capital Wojtek Wolski Returns to the Ice After Severe Injury

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Eight months ago former Washington Capital forward Wojtek Wolski suffered a neck injury in KHL play that put his future in question. It wasn’t just a neck injury, as he suffered two broken cervical vertebrae, spinal cord trauma, and a concussion. On Tuesday, Wolski posted another encouraging sign on his Instagram. 

On October 13th, playing for defending KHL champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Wolski chased a puck toward the sideboards while on a power play in the third period. As he dove, he collided with Vladimir Markelov of Barys.

Wolski 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:

Here is the video of the injury:

 

Fast forward to this week, as Wolski published a video on his Instagram account of him skating full speed.

Amazing to be back on the ice getting ready for the upcoming season in the @khl @sk8onhockey #hockey #khl

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Wolski was on the Capitals during the 2013 lockout-shortened season. In 27 games with Washington, he scored four goals and five assists.

You can see more of Wolski’s road to recovery here:

By Michael Marzzacco

Photos from day 2 of postseason practice are up on our site. #Capitals #Caps #CapsLeafs

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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