Best of luck to Denver senior Jesse Martin as he recovers from this injury. I’ll keep posting updates as made available by DU and/or the Denver Post.
Here’s the DU press release sent out last night:
DENVER – University of Denver senior center Jesse Martin(Edmonton, Alberta) is in stable condition at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., tonight after suffering a season-ending injury in last night’s 3-0 win over the University of North Dakota.
Martin suffered the injury at the 11:06 mark of the second period after an on-ice collision with North Dakota’s Brad Malone, who was assessed a five-minute major penalty for charging and 10-minute game misconduct on the play.
Martin was taken off the ice on a stretcher and was immediately taken to nearby Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D., for observation. After tests were conducted at the hospital, it was determined that Martin needed to be air-lifted to Hennepin County Medical Center for further testing and possible surgery.
According to University of Denver Associate Director of Sports Medicine Aaron Leu, Martin suffered three fractures to his C-2 vertebrae in his neck and is in stable condition. Martin has feeling in his all of his extremities and will undergo further testing during the next 24 hours to determine if surgery is required.
Martin has helped the Pioneers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances during his DU career. He tallied 64 points on 32 goals and 32 assists in 120 career games.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jesse and the entire Martin family during this most-difficult time,” DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. “Jesse is one of our team leaders and most-respected players in the locker room. Our players are determined to rally around him and assist in any way possible during the healing process.”
Here’s the Denver Post article, which includes reaction from the player’s father.