Army hockey player recovering after severe neck injury from skate

 

Army hockey player Eric Huss suffered a severe injury from an inadvertent skate to the neck in a game against Sacred Heart Thursday.

Huss took a skate to the neck in the second period of a 5-0 Army loss, according to The Associated Press.

The NCAA logo on the ice behind a goal before the NCAA Frozen Four final between the Denver Pioneers and the Minnesota State Mavericks April 9, 2022, at TD Garden in Boston.
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Trainer Rachel Leahy rushed into action, controlling Huss’s bleeding, and was praised by Army hockey coach Brian Riley for acting quickly.

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“A terrible tragedy was avoided tonight because of the quick action of our trainer and the medical staff that were in the arena tonight,” Riley posted to Twitter Thursday night. “Grateful that our player will be ok because of them.”

This photo provided by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point shows Army hockey player Eric Huss recovering at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. Huss suffered a severe neck injury during a game at Sacred Heart Thursday, Jan. 5.
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The Army hockey team posted an update on Twitter Friday morning following successful surgery for Huss.

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“Last night Eric Huss suffered an injury from an inadvertent skate to his neck. He was transported after a pivotal response from our trainer, Rachel Leahy,” the post states.

“Eric underwent successful surgery to repair a severe laceration to his neck and will return to West Point today. Warrior.”

Huss is a junior from Dallas, Texas, and played for the Lone Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League for two seasons.

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The NCAA logo on the blue line during a Frozen Four semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and Denver Pioneers April 7, 2022, at TD Garden in Boston.
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The forward has appeared in 31 games for Army hockey during his three-year career, scoring four goals on 22 shots.

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Fox News has reached out to Army hockey for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report