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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.
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