Former NHLer Wojtek Wolski returns to ice after horrific injury

Former Colorado Avalanche left winger Wojtek Wolski. (Jimmy Jeong/CP)

Former NHLer Wojtek Wolski is back on the ice less than one year since suffering a horrific injury in a KHL game.

The 31-year-old posted a video Tuesday to his Instagram account that showed him taking part in an on-ice drill with the caption: “Amazing to be back on the ice getting ready for the upcoming season in the @khl”

Amazing to be back on the ice getting ready for the upcoming season in the @khl @sk8onhockey #hockey #khl

407 Likes, 28 Comments – Wojtek Wolski (@wojtekwolski) on Instagram: “Amazing to be back on the ice getting ready for the upcoming season in the @khl @sk8onhockey…”

It’s inspiring progress from this past October, when he slid headfirst into the boards and fractured two vertebrae, suffered spinal cord trauma as well as a concussion. The left winger spent time in intensive care and was forced to miss the rest of the KHL season.

Wolski, a native of Poland, was selected 21st overall in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. He also spent time with the Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals, scoring 267 points over 451 games during an NHL career that ran from 2005 to 2013. He’s spent the past four seasons playing in the Russian league.

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