Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Will Weber had his throat slashed by a skate during a U.S. collegiate game on the weekend.
Weber, a defenceman with the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks who was taken by the Blue Jackets in the second round of the 2007 draft, had his neck cut by a skate during the first period of Saturday's game against Northern Michigan.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound blueliner from Gaylord, Mich., underwent surgery to close the gash on the left side of his neck, just under his chin line, at a hospital in Cincinnati. The wound required more than 100 stitches and 15 staples to close.
"It was a pretty close call," Weber told the Gaylord Herald Times. "I was in surgery for about an hour. Everything went well, it was apparently just a cut through the muscle and it nicked an artery. I am going back to Cincinnati Friday to see what my recovery timetable will be."
The RedHawks are the new No. 1 team in U.S. college hockey, according to two ranking polls released Monday.