Horrifying news is coming from Finland today regarding NHL prospect Jakub Kos. Kos, who’s from Czechia but has played in Finland since he was 16 years old, was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the sixth round in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Kos is under contract with Ilves, in the highest tier of Finnish hockey, but has this season been out on loan to Koovee, in the second tier. The 19-year-old has been doing great, recording 19 points in 24 games, but now, it’s uncertain if he’ll ever play hockey again.
During last week’s game between Koovee and Hermes, Hermes’ Eemeli Ylitao pushed Jakub Kos from the back and into the boards.
Kos had an awkward collision with the board, and terrified teammates could only watch as he was unable to move on the ice. Earlier today, Finnish media reported that Kos had suffered a broken neck.
Luckily, he’s not paralyzed, and according to the reports, it’s a miracle that he can still move his arms and legs. However, most things point to him being unable to play hockey again.
”Kos has a fracture on his neck and it’s a miracle he wasn’t paralyzed. There is no timeline for his return as there is a high chance he can’t play at all anymore,” Finnish hockey journalist Tiia Honkamaa wrote.
Eemeli Ylitalo earned a four-game suspension for the push on Kos, but neither team has commented about what happened.
Jakub Kos also put up some great numbers during this year’s World Junior Championship, as he recorded five points in seven games.
Here’s a video of the scary injury: