Dear Hockey Community;
As you may now know, Derek Zike, a ‘92 player with the Chicago Fury hockey team was seriously injured in a tournament game in Ann Arbor, MI on January 16th. During the game Derek attempted to make a turn and lost an edge of his skate, fell and slid head first into the boards at a high rate of speed. It all happened so quickly he was unable to brace himself for impact. Derek was not hit by anyone; it was quite simply the result of a lost edge while trying to turn.
Derek’s was injured when he hit the boards. He sustained a burst fracture of the 5th cervical vertebrae. Derek will remain in the Intensive Care Unit for approximately 7-10 days and then he will be moved to another area of the hospital.
Third, the hockey community is a tremendous community and has an unbelievable capacity to come together to help one of its own. A bunch of us are rallying support for Derek and his family. We could certainly use your support and prayers.
Lastly, Derek and his family are great people and truly representative of the hockey community at large. On behalf of the Zike family and the Chicago Fury, please take the time to enjoy your family and children and take no moments for granted.
Thank you for your thoughts and concerns and please keep your prayers coming.
DAILY UPDATES ON DEREK: http://www.derekzike.com/?page_id=2
BENEFIT DINNER: http://chicagofury.com/2008_pdfs/zike-flyer.pdf