Injuries provide Inspirational Sports Stories in NHL, MLB – links and video

Couple of quick notes as we are out of town this weekend:

Bruins’ Campbell breaks fibula on live TV and stays out on the ice

This past Wednesday, in Game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Final, Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell laid down on the ice to block a shot from Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin. The puck hit so hard, it broke his right fibula. Video below showed him trying to get up and then staying out on the ice for almost a minute while the Bruins were killing a penalty in the 2nd period of the game. He touched the puck at least a couple more times while blocking passes from a Penguin to another.

If you guys remember, the fibula is on the OUTSIDE (lateral) part of the leg, so it would be the bone that was hit. And it’s a small, slender, non-weight bearing bone – Campbell can still stand up (though in a lot of pain).

Most fibula fractures take 4-6 weeks to heal, so Campbell is out for the rest of the Playoffs.

Quadriplegic Player Drafted in Major League Baseball

By all accounts, Cory Hahn was expected to be playing professional baseball. Instead of going straight to the draft, he went to Arizona State University. During his second baseball game last year, he was stealing headfirst into second base, and in a freak accident, he broke his neck when he slid into the leg of the second baseman. His playing days is over. Making a long story short: his determination, despite injury, has become an inspiration. The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted him today in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Drafts – great symbolism as he wore #34 while at ASU. Story here –

Now, for more details … after the accident, and even after emergency surgery, Hahn became a “C5 quadriplegic.” Students, where was his neck injury located?

The main injury focus is around the C5 vertebrae, and so he’s paralyzed below that spinal level – from the chest down. He has limited use of his hands – the sharing of spinal nerves in the brachial plexus helps here.

The rest of this story is from Bleacher Report – have a great weekend!

It became quite clear that Hahn would not succumb to his fate. As noted in a profile from January by Fox Sports West’s Rayshaun Haylock, Hahn went hard to work, putting the same vigor with which he once played the game into his recovery.

He made small progresses, returning to Arizona State last year to pursue his business degree. Even without the ability to walk on the diamond to help his team, Hahn contributed another way—as an assistant coach.

Though the journey is still one of small progresses—Hahn is still unable to walk and his progress going forward is still up in the air—Arizona’s decision to draft him is a big step. On Hahn’s Twitter page, his tag line is “Inspiring the Uninspired.”


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