College Hockey:
DU’s Martin undergoes successful surgery

Injured Denver forward Jesse Martin underwent surgery Monday afternoon at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., to stabilize a broken C2 vertebra in his neck and the surgery went as planned, according to a DU media release.

Doctors will reassess Martin’s condition on Tuesday morning.

The surgery was performed by Alex Mendez, M.D., and Robert Morgan, M.D.

Dr. Mendez specializes in cranial-based neurosurgical procedures and both complex and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Morgan specializes in complex spine surgery and reconstruction.

Martin suffered the injury when he was checked by North Dakota’s Brad Malone on Oct. 30.

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  • SpeedyRecoveryPlease

    This is really great news. Wishing all the best to Jesse and his family for a speedy recovery.

    I do, however, take objection to this careless statement: Martin suffered the injury when he was ran by North Dakota’s Brad Malone on Oct. 30.

  • Suuavecito

    “Martin suffered the injury when he was ran by North Dakota’s Brad Malone on Oct. 30.”

    ILLITERATE or CRASS at best…??
    I expect better from USCHO

  • Talk2tim

    Calling a penalty on Malone’s hit was debatable, so to post on here that Martin was “ran” is a joke. Who wrote this column?

  • UND North Stars

    I’ve lost all respect for USCHO.com this week with terrible articles that are inaccurate and polling that is clearly opinion-based and not weighted on schedule or skill.

    Anyone know of a decent college hockey site?

    Only good news is Martin’s surgery went well.

  • Rinkpig

    There is no question what so ever that Malone took a run at Martin. He had no intention of going for the puck. He went right through Martin with his hands and elbow to Martin’s head!! Watch the video and if you see it any other way, you need your eye’s checked. But of course the “SUE” fans will disagree. They recruit thugs from Canada to begin with and then perpetuate goon hockey!

    • collegehockeyfan

      it appeared to be clean to me, i watched the video and it just looks like bad luck on martin’s part, i saw he released a statement and said it was not a dirty hit, it was just unfortunate.

      • F55h19

        first off,mr.martin had his head down,when he was hit.he did look up prior to the hit,but put it back down ,when hit was made.mr.malone hit martin but because his head was down,is where first contact was made.ive watched the replay of this hit.i believe because of the player not looking up and getting hit caused all this out rage about how he was run at. i didn’t see that,i saw just what the reply had.i like college hockey been watching it 35 years,and i didn’t see intent to hurt in replay.best wishes to mr.martin.and i believe he would be first to tell us the he should have had his eyes up!

    • Bigbrother

      It’s a good thing the ground carp are hurting themselves on mopeds and won’t have to be checked by the big bad players in GF.

  • wchahockeyfan

    I hate ND as much as any other college hockey fan out there…..They have been none for dirty hockey in the past but this hit was clean, it was not a run at Martin. In hockey you are taught to play the puck or play the body, he played the body but did not leave his feet, lead with the elbow, and he didnt charge him, I wish Marting all the best in his recovery, and its horrible to see any player hurt like that but any true hockey fan or player would know this was not a dirty hit.

  • UND North Stars

    Apparently my last post was not allowed because I stated that USCHO.com has below par analysts…. but once again going to state that I was at the game and saw the hit, the aftermath, saw the video, read numerous articles that all say it was an unfortunate but clean, hard hit. The fact that there was no call when Martin first went down and then the call didnt come until they knew he was badly injured speaks very poorly on the refs. When the WCHA reviewed the incident and then gave Malone a game suspension after Martin even said it was a clean hit speaks poorly of the WCHA. I understand that dirty hits need to be handled properly, but if big guys cant lay a shoulder into a smaller player then college hockey is going to turn into a game where shoulder pads are recommended and not required.

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