Status: 02.12.2023, 12:21 p.m.
By: Niklas Kirk
During an ice hockey league game in Sweden, there was a serious accident. Finnish player Sanni Hakala suffered a spinal cord injury.
Jönköping – Sad news from the world of ice hockey. During a season match of the Swedish women's professional league SDHL between HV71 from Jönköping and the guests of Djurgardens IF, the player Sanni Hakala was seriously injured.
|October 31, 1997 (age 26), Jyväskylä, Finland
|JYP Jyväskylä, Oulun Kärpät, HV71
|Successes at the Olympics:
|2x Bronze Medal
Serious sports accident in Sweden – Sanni Hakala hits the post with her head
The accident occurred last Friday (24 November) in the first period of the match when Hakala ran towards the opponent's goal. Due to a duel with the opposing defender, Hakala skidded, fell and hit the post head-on. The impact resulted in a neck injury.
After the captain had to be carried off the ice, the referees immediately stopped the game. According to the New York Post, the 26-year-old was then taken to a nearby hospital before being transported to Linköping University Hospital, where she underwent surgery.
Sanni Hakala, pictured here playing for her club HV71 in January 2023. © IMAGO/KENTA JÖNSSON
After serious accident: Hakala speaks out personally about her injury
On Thursday (30 November), Hakala spoke out via her Instagram channel. "It's still hard to comprehend what happened, that the impact on the goalpost was so severe that the consequences became so great. Not only will I be forced to stop playing hockey, but I may be forced to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life," said the player, who was the absolute leader in her team.
"The injury I sustained last Friday after a collision with the goalpost has left me paralyzed from the chest down with limited functions in my arms and hands. That's the reality I'm trying to land in," she says, describing the consequences of the injury. Several clubs and associations shared their fate.
End of career at 26 – Hakala celebrated great success with the national team
In addition to her club career, Hakala has been playing for the Finnish national team for years. She won bronze at the Olympic Games in South Korea and China.
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At the recent World Championships in Finland, the USA and Canada, she and her team won two bronze medals and one silver medal. (nki)