University of Denver center Jesse Martin suffered three fractures in his neck after getting checked by North Dakota's Brad Malone during a game on Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D. According to the Denver Post's Mike Chambers, Martin was transferred to a Minneapolis hospital and doctors were contemplating whether or not he needed surgery to relieve swelling of the spinal chord.
UPDATE: Martin is in stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. and out for the season, according to a DU press release. He has feeling in all of his extremities and will undergo further testing over the next 24 hours to determine whether surgery is necessary.
Read Chambers' blog post here. Video of the hit can be seen here.
According to the report, after getting hit, Martin was knocked unconscious, taken off the ice on a stretcher and moved to a Grand Forks hospital.
Malone wasn't originally penalized for the hit, but officials gave him a five-minute major and a game misconduct for charging while Martin was being attended to.
This is the second time in the last six seasons that a player suffered broken bones in his neck in a game between DU and UND. After a hit during the '06 Frozen Four, Sioux's Robbie Bina had to have surgery to repair broken vertebra after getting hit by the Pioneers' Geoff Paukovich. Bina returned to the ice the next season.