Flyers prospect Stolarz 'extremely lucky' after cut

Flyers prospect Stolarz 'extremely lucky' after cut

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January 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
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In case you missed it, Flyers prospect Anthony Stolarz suffered a nasty injury after being cut by a skate during Friday’s game between the London Knights and Saginaw Spirit.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren provided an update on the promising goaltender before the Flyers' game against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

“Ron Hextall talked to him,” Holmgren said. “Word is that he was extremely lucky. He just missed a lot of important parts there. Fifty-five stitches to close the wound. Once that heals he’ll be fine.

“No arteries, no tendons. It just missed his Achilles tendon, it just missed a major artery. I don’t know if you’ve seen the video but there was a lot of blood for missing an artery.”

Stolarz, 19, plays for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-6 netminder received immediate medical attention before being stretchered off the ice.

“He’s doing OK. I think he’s staying in the hospital tonight and he’ll be released tomorrow,” Holmgren said.

Stolarz, a native of Jackson, N.J., has had a stellar season for the Knights. He is 21-4-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average, and his .926 save percentage is second in the OHL.

The Flyers selected Stolarz with their second-round pick (45th overall) in the 2012 NHL draft.

Holmgren said Stolarz will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but expects a full recovery.

“There allowing him to ride the bike in three days,” Holmgren said. “I thought [that] was a good sign. Anytime you’re talking about an elite athlete they always seem to get back sooner than what the doctors give them credit for.”

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