We have a very scary situation to report, although fortunately it seems like there are no life threatening injuries at this time.
Former National Hockey League forward Carl Klingberg has suffered an extremely serious injury while playing in the Swiss National League for hockey club Zug EV. According to multiple international reports Klingberg suffered a broken neck after a difficult battle for the puck resulted in him losing his footing and sent him crashing head first into the boards at a rather sickening angle. Although it looked bad initially no one could have predicted just how badly injured Klingberg really was at the time of the incident.
The 27 year old Swede lay motionless on the ice for several minutes before medical staff eventually came out on to the ice with a stretcher in order to take him out of the arena and bring him to hospital. It was there that doctors realized that Klingberg had suffered a broken neck and although there are some things lost in translation it seems he may have suffered multiple broken vertebrae. The good news here is that he appears to have avoided the risk of paralysis which would be huge for anyone but may be especially important for a young man in the midst of a professional hockey career.
Unfortunately due to how difficult it is to obtain information on these matters immediately after they happen we do not know just how serious Klingberg's condition is at this time but given that he has a broken neck I think it's safe to call this one fairly serious.
Klingberg was of course a former member of both the Atlanta Thrashers and the Winnipeg Jets, although technically the two are the same organization, and was selected in the 2nd round ( 34th overall ) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Although his NHL career was a relatively short one, he played just 12 games at the NHL level instead spending the majority of his time in the American Hockey League, he has gone on to have a successful career overseas in both the aforementioned Swiss National League as well as in the Kontinental Hockey League.
I wish him a full and speedy recovery.