Saturday, December 16, 2017

Yekaterinburg's Sokolov returns to training post-injury

Denis Sokolov, a KHL defenseman for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, has returned to training after a freak on-ice accident caused him to lose nearly half a liter of blood earlier in September.

The 35-year-old player had the carotid artery in his neck sliced open inadvertently by the skate of ex-NHL center Jan Bulis on September 10. Sokolov was immediately taken to the hospital where doctors stitched up the wound. Avtomobilist went on to lose the game to Traktor Chelyabinsk 3-0, RIA Novosti reports.

The defenseman has made a speedy recovery and made a trip on Thursday to potentially play against Siberian team Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. It was not yet known if Sokolov suited up for the game, according to RIA Novosti.

The incident occurred when Sokolov and Bulis were chasing after the puck. Sokolov fell to the ice and Bulis tried to hurdle over the defenseman to continue the play. Bulis' skate slashed Sokolov's neck when the ex-NHL center seemed to step on his neck, Sport Aktualne reports.

In 2008, NHL player Richard Zednik lost almost five times more blood than Sokolov when his Florida Panthers teammate accidentally slashed his neck during a play. Zednik, like Sokolov, fully recovered from the incident, Yahoo Sports reports.

Avtomobilist was in last place in the Eastern Conference last season and has won only one of its first three contests this year.