Bohonos should play again

KIRK PENTON AND ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

Winnipeg's Lonny Bohonos might play hockey again this season despite suffering a serious neck injury with his Mannheim Eagles club earlier this week.

"They say he's going to have a 100% recovery and he'll be able to play hockey again if he chooses to," Lonny's father, Larry, said last night from the family's home in Fort Garry. "Let's hope."

As for whether or not Lonny will be able to play again this season, Larry said, "They're not ruling that out, either."

According to the German Elite League's website, the former Manitoba Moose forward collided with Berlin's Denis Pederson in the neutral zone during a game on Tuesday.

Bohonos lay motionless on the ice for several minutes and was eventually carried off on a stretcher. Diagnosed with a broken fifth cervical vertebra, the 32-year-old forward had surgery on Wednesday.

"They went in and I guess put something in there to fuse it all together," Larry said.

The German Elite League's website said Bohonos didn't show any signs of paralysis, but a German news site reported that he had lost feeling in three fingers.

It wasn't until yesterday that Bohonos' doctors gave him the news that he will be able to make a full recovery.

Bohonos called his parents to give them the good news, but he didn't mention anything about paralysis.

"He's drugged up pretty bad right now," Larry said. "He's on morphine, but they're going to start cutting that back, and he's going to go in for therapy pretty soon."

Bohonos received some words of encouragement from hockey commentator Don Cherry during the Coach's Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada last night.

Bohonos will remain in Germany until at least Christmas, which is when his family was planning to visit him anyway.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound centre had 12 points in 18 games for the German club this season.

Bohonos played for the Chicago Wolves last year, scoring 20 goals and 57 points in 62 games for the AHL club.

The former Moose (1999-2000) skated briefly with the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs during his 12-year professional career, scoring 19 goals and 35 points in 83 games.


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