Anthony Stolarz is a promising 19-year-old goaltending prospect for the Philadelphia Flyers who plays for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League. Friday night, the 6-foot-6 netminder suffered a nasty injury after getting cut by a skate.
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Knights defenseman Dakota Mermis and Saginaw Spirit forward Eric Locke got tangled up in front of the net and as both went down, Stolarz fell as well. One of the player's skates ended up cutting Stolarz on the back of the leg. As the goaltender tried to get up, he realized something was wrong and fell back to the ice.
There was quite a bit of blood inside the crease, making for an awfully scary scene on the ice.
Stolarz received immediate medical attention and was stretchered off. According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Stolarz received 55 stiches and the initial thought is he could miss four to six weeks.
The Knights netminder tweeted out that he was doing OK.
At the hospital now. Thank you all for the kind words. Nothing too serious and I'll be looking to get right back on the as soon as I can.— Anthony Stolarz (@StolieTheGoalie) January 18, 2014
Stolarz, a native of Jackson, N.J., has been one of the leading goaltenders in the OHL this season. His .926 save percentage is second in the league, to go along with a 21-4-1 record and 2.58 goals-against average. The big netminder was also the backup goalie on the U.S. National Junior Team at the recent World Junior Championship.
He was Philadelphia's second-round pick, 45th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.