Ronny Keller Paralyzed After Crashing Into Boards During Swiss Playoff Game, Doctor Says
Ronny Keller, a Swiss ice hockey player for Olten in the NLB league, took a devastating hit in a playoff game on Tuesday night. Doctors treating him say the incident left him paralyzed, according to The Associated Press.
In a playoff game against Langenthal, Keller was going for the puck near his own net when Stefan Schnyder checked him from behind. Keller crashed head first into the boards and had to be stretchered off the ice.
Swiss German-language paper Tages Anzeiger reported that Keller is in the ICU of the Swiss Paraplegic Centre, via Puck Daddy. Swiss media also reported that Schnyder has been questioned by police, according to The Associated Press.
A doctor at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre said in a statement obtained by The Associated that Keller has sustained "permanent spinal paralysis" due to damage to his fourth thoracic vertebra.
This was Keller's 15th season playing professional hockey in the Swiss league, per eliteprospects.com.