Niagara IceDogs goaltender Tucker Tynan was released from the hospital on Tuesday and sent back home to Chicago to rest and recover from his scary injury suffered on Dec. 12 against the London Knights.
Tynan, 17, had tweeted out a thank you to his supporters just one day after undergoing surgery for injuries that IceDogs general manager Joey King told reporters were at one point considered life threatening.
"Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the kind words, truly they mean more than anyone can ever know," Tynan wrote on Twitter on Friday. "An unfortunate situation, looking forward to recovering and coming back stronger and healthier than before."
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the kind words, truly they mean more than anyone can ever know. An unfortunate situation, looking forward to recovering and coming back even stronger and healthier than before❤️❤️— Tucker Tynan (@TuckerTynan1) December 13, 2019
Tynan was injured during a game against London following a collision in front of the net, where he was cut by a skate and started bleeding severely from his leg. Trainers and paramedics worked on him on the ice for about 10 minutes before he was stretchered off and taken to the hospital, where he underwent successful surgery.
Thursday's game was immediately canceled following the incident, and the team also postponed its upcoming weekend games to allow players to recover from the incident.
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*Warning: This video isn't for the fainthearted*— Chasing The Puck (@CTPHockey) December 13, 2019
During the OHL game between the Niagara IceDogs and the London Knights, Niagara goaltender Tucker Tynan went down after being severely cut in the leg by a skate. The game was postponed and Tynan is thankfully in a stable condition pic.twitter.com/YD2thQMZaA
Niagara announced on Friday that Tynan would make a full recovery. General manager Joey King told reporters that Tynan's injuries are no longer considered life-threatening and that he is resting in the hospital.
“We all need to step back and realize there’s a lot of things quite more important than hockey, and honestly this is one of those," King said. "The guys are really banding together to get through this as a group.”
King, who has GM'd the OHL team since the 2017-18 season, commended the efforts of both team's medical staff and emergency personnel on hand for the IceDogs' game against the London Knights for their efforts in attending to Tynan quickly, even saying they likely saved his life.
“The worst is behind us and we’re looking forward to working together and moving forward”— Niagara IceDogs (@OHLIceDogs) December 14, 2019
General Manager Joey Burke met with the media today.
Burke highlighted the importance of the work of the IceDogs and Knights training and medical staff in the arena. pic.twitter.com/IvmcPARFDi
“Their exact wording to me was that the work of the on-ice staff and everyone in-house saved his life," King said. "There was a point in time last night where it was an option that he may have died on the ice due to loss of blood.”
“If there is one guy in the world that can return from something like this it would be Tucker Tynan," the GM added. "He’s an absolute warrior and a champion, he’s got the heart of a lion. We’re hopeful.
In 24 games for Niagara this season, Tynan is 11-8-0 with a 3.80 GAA and .911 save percentage, which ranks seventh among all OHL goaltenders. He also leads the league with 834 saves.