Hit breaks hockey player's neck

22-year-old Denver centre Jesse Martin lays on the ice after being hit by a North Dakota player....

22-year-old Denver centre Jesse Martin lays on the ice after being hit by a North Dakota player. (YouTube)

PAMELA ROTH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

A former junior hockey player from Edmonton is in stable condition at a Minneapolis hospital after breaking his neck during a university game.

University of Denver centre Jesse Martin was taken off the ice on a stretcher Sunday night following the massive hit by a University of North Dakota player during the second period.

According to Aaron Leu, University of Denver Associate Director of Sports Medicine, the 22-year-old suffered three fractures to his C-2 vertebrae in his neck and is in stable condition.

The university website states Martin, a former member of the Spruce Grove Saints, has feeling in all his extremities and will undergo further testing during the next 24 hours to determine if surgery is required.


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