Kevin Colley made a surprise visit to the New York Islanders practice facility on Friday. But Colley apparently will never wear an Islanders uniform again.
Colley announced Friday that his hockey career is over due to a serious spinal injury he suffered late last month.
Colley sustained a fracture of the fifth cervical vertebra in the first period of New York’s 5-3 triumph over Washington on Jan. 31 after missing a check and crashing head-first into the boards. The injury required two separate surgical procedures, the second of which took place at Mount Sinai Hospital on Feb. 7.
There’s a way for the NHL to have the best of both worlds — the continuation of the World Cup in 2008 and every four years after that, and also Olympic participation and exposure in Vancouver in 2010 and every four years after that.
Go younger at the Olympics.