It was one of the scariest moments in the National Hockey League this season, and for the longest time we had no idea how the man at the center of it all felt in that moment.
It was the very first period of a hockey game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils when a stretcher came out to assist what appeared to be a badly injured Michal Neuvirth, and there was concern in ever set of eyes in the building. In his first public comments about the incident, Neuvirth admitted this week that he suffered a concussion on the play, and was disoriented when he collapsed on the ice.
Neuvirth admits in retrospect he probably should not have been in the game, and furthermore admitted that he had been battling through ilness in the days prior, something that may have weakened his body prior to suffering the injury.
"As a hockey player, you want to be tough, you want to play through injuries and sickness," he said as per Philly.com's Sam Carchidi. "Sometimes I think you have to be smarter."
As scary as it was for hockey fans to watch on, Neuvirth admits that he hasn't gone back to watch the incident, and in fact may never do so.
"I don't think I'm going to watch it. It was scary and a lot of people were afraid," he said. "It was a tough situation."
If you happened to somehow missed how it all went down, here's a replay of the incident.
Image courtesy Associated Press' Tom Mihalek