Michal Kempny Sustains Severe Laceration To Leg In Second Game With Sparta

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It’s been a long and winding road for former Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny. The 32-year old blueliner has battled through quite a bit of adversity in recent years, including two serious injuries while with the Capitals, an unfortunate injury in Hershey after colliding with an ice scraper during a re-hab assignment, two bouts with Covid, and now, just two games back in his home country, Kempny sustained a serious laceration to his left leg.

The incident happened at the 12:25 mark of the opening frame in Spartas’s game against Litvinov on Friday night. Kempny was hit with a puck just above the tongue of his skate while blocking a shot, causing the severe laceration.

Kempny left the ice on a stretcher, and was taken to a nearby hospital. After receiving treatment, Kempny returned to the arena in time for the start of the third period, but Sparta officials did not let him back into the extra-league match in Litvínov.

“Michal came from the hospital before the third period and still wanted to play, but of course the doctors didn’t allow it,” Spartan coach Pavel Patera revealed after Friday’s 0:4 defeat.

After the expiration of his contract with the Washington Capitals, Kempny signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Kraken for the 2022-23 season. However, on Oct 11, the Kraken assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Coachella Valley Firebirds. Kempny subsequently requested the termination of his contract so that he could return home to Czechia.

Kempny signed a two-year contract with HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga last Friday. The news came a day after he cleared unconditional waivers to terminate his contract with the Seattle Kraken.

According to the HC Sparta Praha website, their management had sought Kempny’s services during the summer, but Kempny preferred a contract in the NHL, where he signed with Seattle.

Kempny practiced for the first time last Friday morning and, after lunch, signed a two-year contract with HC Sparta. He made his debut with Sparta on Wednesday.

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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4 Responses to Michal Kempny Sustains Severe Laceration To Leg In Second Game With Sparta

  1. Lance says:

    Dang! I think the universe is trying hard to give Kempny a hint.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ugh! Get well, Kemps!

  3. novafyre says:

    Dang! When he announced his new contract I wrote “I hope that the rest of his career remains major injury free and he is able to enjoy it. I always thought he was a good player who just couldn’t stay healthy enough to make it. ” I worried about another injury but never expected one so soon.

    At this point, I would be making post-playing plans, whether in or out of hockey.

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