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Rec hockey player saved by doctor teammate

- September 16th, 2013
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Tthe damage done to Tony Proel’s neck after it was sliced by a skate. (Kare 11)

A Minnesota hockey player can thank his lucky stars after a teammate helped save his life when an artery in his neck was severed by a skate.

Tony Proel  was rushed to hospital in Edina, Minn., earlier this month during a rec league game after another player fell and a skate blade sliced Proel’s neck, which started squirting blood.

Luckily for Proel one of his teammates, Dan Gruenstein, happened to be a pediatric cardiologist and sprung into action.

“I could actually see the artery severed where the blood was pulsating from,” Gruenstein told NBC affiliate Kare 11. “So I just slapped my hand on it. It doesn’t take a doctor to stop bleeding. Anybody with a hand can stop bleeding.”

Proel returned to the ice a week later.

Gruenstein is using the incident to warn other hockey players about the dangers of not wearing protective equipment. He released a gruesome photo of  Proel’s cut taken at the hospital.

“That image of the deep cut is going to send some parents to a hockey goods store to buy their kids some neck guards,” said Gruenstein.

Proel now wears one, as does another teammate.

“It’s a learning moment for sure,” Gruenstein said. “For all of us.”

(h/t Puck Daddy)

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6 comments

  1. AM | September 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    neck guard is already mandatory in Canada for minor hockey!

  2. Bob | September 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Don’t mean to be negative but looks like the neck guards may be too low to protect the part of his neck that was cut in this case. Can’t hurt but may not have had any effect in this particular case. And yes I am a protective equipment fanatic. Wear one of the only face shields in most of my pickup games in Smiths Falls.

  3. MacGregrrrr the Terrier-ist | September 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I convinced my son to wear an “undershirt” with a Kevlar neck, as well as a normal neck protector (same as I do – I’m a goalie and I remember Kim Crouch …)

  4. Joel | September 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

    The cut happened at the jaw line, and not the neck or face. There isn’t a single piece of equimpment out there that would have protected him.

    But let’s not let facts get in the way of Liberals pushing for a nanny state

  5. James | September 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Joel- WTF are you talking about? Somehow you can bring politics into this? #brainwashed

  6. Rainbow Babies Team | October 16, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Nice job Dan! We are all proud of you!

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