Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane released a statement Wednesday after undergoing surgery for a laceration in his arm Tuesday night.
“Thank you all for your wishes and prayers over the past few hours,” Kane wrote on Twitter. “Obviously last night was an extremely scary time for me and I’m still a bit in shock.
On the mend, thank you 🙏 pic.twitter.com/8ZN7K5KAfc
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane)
November 9, 2022
“I would like to thank the entire Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning coaching staff, as well as all the doctors and paramedics who rushed to treat my injury. Without all of you, I know things would have been much worse and I am sincerely grateful to you. I won’t be back for the next game, but I will and I can’t wait to be back on the ice playing the sport I love alongside my teammates in front of our amazing fans. “
Kane was cut in the left wrist in the second period of the Oilers’ 3-2 win over the Lightning on Tuesday. He fell to the ice after bickering with Lightning defenseman Philippe Myers before Patrick Maroon accidentally skated on his wrist.
A large amount of blood was seen on the ice as Kane ran frantically towards the bench clutching his wrist immediately after being cut. Kane joined the locker room with paramedics and doctors. The Oilers said the forward is expected to miss three to four months of action.
The team released an update later saying Kane had been taken to hospital for surgery and was in stable condition.
“When an accident like this happens on the ice, that’s where our first thought is. It’s never fun to see one of your teammates in that kind of position,” Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said after his team’s 3-2 win. “I want to commend the excellent medical staff at our organization and the people at the arena who responded quickly to make sure he was okay.
“The news I have received so far, which is very limited, is that he is in good condition. We take good care of him. “
“It’s scary, definitely scary,” Oilers star Connor McDavid said. “I think you could feel the energy of the whole rink being sucked away. We think of him. We’ve been told he’s fine, but that’s obviously just the first news. “
“You wince when you see that,” added Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. “It was hard to see. Hopefully he’ll be okay because you know, hockey, you fight against each other. It’s a war, but we’re still a family. “
The 31-year-old has scored five goals and eight assists in 13 games this season with the Oilers. Kane is serving the first year of a four-year, $20.5 million contract after joining the Oilers from the San Jose Sharks midway through the 2021-22 season.