Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Former Storm Player, Tom Pohl, Hospitalized

In game 3 between Minnesota and Minnesota State on Sunday, Pohl took an elbow from Jason Wiley to his head. The elbow caused Pohl's helmet to fall off. Pohl then hit his head on the boards in front of his bench and fell to the ice in a heap. I don't remember Pohl moving on his own while he was on the ice, but the announcers kept mentioning he was talking the whole time. Pohl had to be taken off on a stretcher, and it was speculated he had a possible broken nose and a concussion. It turns out, it was much, much worse than that. Very scary situation. Hopefully Tom can recover quickly from this scary injury.

Minnesota senior forward is hospitalized in intensive care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with a skull fracture, the result of an injury suffered Sunday during the Gophers' win at Minnesota State.

Doctors at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, where Pohl was airlifted, performed surgery to stabilize the fracture and stop bleeding on the brain.

Pohl was hurt a little more than six minutes into the second period of the deciding game in the best-of-three WCHA playoff series after he was elbowed in the head by Maverick sophomore forward Jason Wiley. Pohl's head then hit the boards before he went down on the ice. Wiley was given a five-minute major penalty and a game disqualification for the hit.

Edit: WCH Blog has some updates.


Anonymous said...

We are praying for you in Wisconsin, Tom.

Anonymous said...

I hope everything turns out for the best.

A Sioux City Fan

Anonymous said...

Wow I hope everything Goes good and he gets better soon .