Swiss hockey player paralyzed for life after hit

A screenshot shows EHC Olten defenceman Ronny Keller receiving a hit by Langenthal winger Stefan...

A screenshot shows EHC Olten defenceman Ronny Keller receiving a hit by Langenthal winger Stefan Schnyder into the boards on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (YouTube.com)

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, Last Updated: 12:49 PM ET

A bodycheck into the boards during a Swiss second-tier playoff game has left a player paralyzed for life.

Swiss website The Local reports EHC Olten defenceman Ronny Keller will not be able to recover from the injury he suffered on Tuesday.

"As a result of a serious injury to his fourth dorsal vertebra, Ronny Keller will remain paraplegic," the team quoted physician Michael Baumberger of Switzerland's specialized paraplegic clinic.

The hit occurred in overtime when visiting Langenthal winger Stefan Schnyder drilled Keller head-first into the boards while chasing the puck in Olten's end.

Keller remained motionless and told officials he could not feel his legs.

"He is in all of our thoughts, as are his family and friends," Swiss Ice Hockey said in a statement.

A disciplinary case against Schnyder has been opened by the Swiss league and Langenthal said he will not play for the rest of the season. He said he will not be talking to the media and is receiving counselling.

A criminal investigation against Schnyder has also been launched in Switzerland, reports Swiss website bluewin.ch.


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