Martin Gerber hospitalized with a serious neck injury
Swiss goalie Martin Gerber, who past summer left Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL to play for Atlant Mytischi of the KHL, was hospitalized after suffering a serious neck injury in a game against Vityaz Chekhov on December 13. According to a Russian site lifesports.ru during the second period a Vityaz forward ran into Gerber. As a result Gerber ended up lying on the ice. After being tested by the team's doctors Gerber was put on a wheel stretcher and taken off the ice. He was sent to a Podolsk city hospital where he was diagnosed with a compression fracture of the third cervical vertebra.
"The injury is very serious, Martin can forget about hockey for next 6 months," said one of the hospital's doctors, Igor Suvorov. "Thank god the spinal cord was not hurt and there is no threat to his life. Gerber will soon be sent to a special clinics in Podolsk to have a computed tomography."
Martin Gerber is expected to stay at the hospital for at least 2 months.
In today's game he collided with someone and apparently had a serious injury in his neck. He was motionless for a while and was sent to hospital. Some latest info is that there appears no damage to his nerves but he may have broken a vertebrae. MRI is scheduled shortly.
I've always wondered how there's relatively little serious (paralyzing) neck injuries in professional hockey. I guess the equipment absorbs the shock and protects important areas good enough to keep the numbers low despite the great number of very dangerous looking plays we see in all leagues, every season.