Gruesome injury a surreal experience

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

Kurt Jory knows it could have been worse.

Much worse.

The 21-year-old Brandon product wants you to know that he's well on the way to a full recovery after suffering a severed jugular vein during a CIS hockey game on Saturday night.

Just under three minutes into the third period, Jory -- a goalie with the Brock Badgers -- was involved in a collision with Winsdor Lancers forward Danny Anger, who was driving hard to the net when his skate caught the neck of Jory.

"Initially, when I got hit into the net, it felt like there was something wrong with my shoulder," Jory said in a telephone interview from the Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ont. "I thought my collar-bone was broken, it was so painful.

"Then I took my helmet off, got out of the net and that's when I could feel all the blood and see it squirting onto the ice. A few of the guys around me looked pretty scared and were calling for 911. I knew something was wrong. It was a surreal experience. You're not really in pain at that point, you're in shock."

Almost immediately, Jory thought of the time Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk suffered a similar injury back in 1989.

"It's ironic, for some odd reason I had been watching that clip probably about a week-and-a-half ago on the computer," said Jory. "I had seen it before, but I was on YouTube cruising around on the internet and came across it. To have it actually happen to me was unbelievable. As soon as I saw the blood, that's the first thing I thought of.

"But it didn't feel like it was me. It was like I was watching the whole thing."

Jory admits it was a somewhat helpless feeling.

"Yeah, it was kind of nerve-racking," said Jory, who played junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings and Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL and the Neepawa Natives of the MJHL.

"When you get out of the ambulance and into the hospital, you feel a little better. The paramedics were great. Once I got onto the operating table and they were able to cut my jersey and chest protector off me, they put me to sleep shortly after that.

"The next thing I knew I was repaired."

Jory said the doctors want to run a few more tests and that it will probably be another couple of days before he was released from the hospital.

The good news is that things are beginning to return to normal.

"I feel great," said Jory, who is in his first year studying business at Brock. "I'm getting lots of sleep and they've been giving me double portions of food in here."

Jory has been overwhelmed by the support he's received since suffering the injury.

"The hockey world is a pretty tightly knit group," said Jory. "When something like this happens, it doesn't matter what team you're on or where you're from. There have been calls and e-mails from people across the league, guys you've played with. It's been great support."

While his first priority is to get back to 100%, Jory is glad to know he'll be able to resume his hockey career.

"With the technology of today, it's pretty reassuring that I'll get back on the ice," said Jory, who is hoping to be back between the pipes sometime in the new year. "I'm trying to get back to full health. I realize this is scary but I want people to know that I'm going to be all right."


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