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Messages To Richard III

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We hope you have a fast recovery and can get back on the ice soon. As a fan of hockey, we appreciate all the skill and talent of every player in the NHL.


A Buffalo Sabres and NHL fan,
Kristina Vanderwerf - Marietta, New York
You are the man Richard
I was very relieved to hear you were in stable condition
I'll be praying that you get better soon

Rob - Regina, Canada
Wishing you all the best Zeddy !!
Hope you get well real soon...Go Panthers Go !!

Tony - Toronto, Ontario
Richard,

I've enjoyed watching you play and watching what happened last night is enough to make me cry! I'm glad you got immediate medical attention and hope that you will be completely recovered soon! Take care! Thoughts and prayers from Texas!

Karin - Dallas, Texas
my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Amy - Baltimore/Washington
I am not sure what to say - after seeing your accident - I just about starting crying - Holy crap! --- Brother just take it easy and get better - - - 32 years old - you have alot more time to go before your done Brother - - PEACE & God Bless

David - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Richard i watched the game from my buffalo home and was in a state of shock. i couldnt beleive what took place. it took one brave man to notice what had happened and to skate to the bench like that. my wishes go out to you and your family, as well as your teammates.

Chris - Buffalo, New York
Richard,
Hope to see you on the ice again real soon. After all you can't finish the season with just ONE hat trick!

Brandon - Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
Get well soon Richard. All the best on a speedy recovery

Martin - Port Elgin, New Brunswick
Richard and Jessica,

My thoughts and prayers are with you both and the entire Panthers organization! Fortunately, you are ok and we will see you back on the ice soon! Take care of yourself and get better as quick as possible! I know you couldn't see me, but I was only 5 rows behind the Florida bench and seeing the look of shock in your face is an image that will stay with me for a very long time! I'm beginning to feel cursed...I was also at the game in the Aud when the same thing happend to Clint Malarchuk! :(

GET WELL SOON!
Kristen - North Tonawanda, New York
Get well soon Richard!

Mark - Aurora, Canada
You have the full support of the Philadelphia Hockey community, and I'm sure the global hockey community as well. Best wishes for a full, speedy, and healthy recovery. I wish the best for you.

Frankie - West Chester (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania
You were a great player in Montreal...too bad you left
we miss you
get better soon
it takes strength and ditermination
my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Alexandre - Montreal, Quebec
Please know that Richard Zednick and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope for a speedy recovery and you are back on the ice in no time. Please, please get the word out to all hockey players that it is so important to wear neck guards to safeguard from this happening. I know as a parent of a youth hockey player, it is a very real fear to know this could happen to your child.

Mary - Prior Lake, Minnesota
May god bless you in your recovery.

Erin - Frackville
Richard,
Just wanted to let you know that the Boston Bruin's fans' thoughts and prayers are with you and we are hoping for a speedy and safe recovery. We'd love to see you back out on the ice as soon as you are able, and maybe scoring another 2 goals in one game against us next time we play. Please be safe and get well.
Love,
Lynsie and Bruins fans

Lynsie - North Conway, New Hampshire
Get well soon.

Steve - Calgary, Canada
Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

Michelle - Atlanta, Georgia
GET BETTER SOON ,LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING YOU ON THE ICE AGAIN. GOOD LUCK AND BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY

MIKE - PELHAM, New York
Good luck to you sir, hopeing for a speedy recovery

Mark

Mark - North Bay, Canada
Get Well and Get Back Soon!!!

Jason - Buffalo, New York
Richard,

We all hope and pray that your recovery is fast and you will hopefully be back on the ice providing the Panthers with the skill and passion that we have seen you possess over the years. I admire you for your courage and intelligence in skating to the bench after the incident which sped up the process in letting the trainers and staff do what they needed to do to save your life. My appreciation and kudos to the Trainers and Doctors for acting so quickly in an extremely critical situation. It just goes to show how important it is for people such as these to be trained in every kind of situation in which seconds could mean the difference between life and death. I also would like to give kudos to the Buffalo Fans for showing their concern and the standing ovation they gave when it was announced that Richard was stable. It really goes to show that fans, such as these, love the game of hockey and it doesn't matter whose team is playing, their love is for both teams to come out play hard and even though they want their team to win, they still want both teams to skate off the ice with their health in tact.

Get well soon Richard!

Blair - Calgary, Alberta
As a huge hockey fan and recreational player, I wish you a complete and quick recovery. Watching the video of the incident was extremely scary, but I was relieved to hear that your surgery was a success. My heart also goes out to Olli, I can only imagine how he feels even though it was completely accidental. I hope both of you can recover physically and mentally and resume your careers. Just please try to keep the goals down when you play the Penguins! Best of luck guys. Todd

Todd - Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Just want to send the thoughts and prayers of my wife and I to you, your family, and your teammates. Here's to a quick and speedy recovery. Wishing you all the best.

Brett - Burlington, Canada
i don't even watch hockey, however my heart DROPPED when i saw your injury. i hope your ok.

god bless

Mark - Henniker, New Hampshire
My prayers are with you Richard and your family on a speedy recovery. Get well soon!

Katy - Cardiff, UK
Richard and Family,
I wash you a fast and painfree recovery. This type of injury is scary enough for fans to see, I can't imagine how it was for the teams on the ice and for your family to whitness.
I was watching the game as it happened and felt very concerned. I hope you soon get to see the warm standing ovation you received when it was announced over the PA system that you were in stable condition.
I wish you well and good luck. Your team needs you...

-Brian Wisniewski - Bowling Green, Ohio
-(sorry... a Sabres Fan)
Glad to read that you?re in stable condition and on your way to recovery.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
You?ll be missed at up coming games.

Wishing you all the best,
Anna, David and Josephine Hunt - Delray Beach, Florida
GO CATS!!!

Heal fast and get well soon, Richard.

I may be a Caps fan, and still miss your play here for the Capitals, but I still enjoy watching you when you're doing well.

The Panthers will miss you, especially with the division standings heating up the way they have recently.

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery and a return to the ice soon.

Bruce Parker - Dumfries, Virginia
Still a fan of the old Caps #44

Richard,

Let me start by saying that myself and my whole family were elated to hear (from the P.A. announcement at H.S.B.C. Arena) that you were in stable condition at Buffalo General Hospital and that they had stopped the bleeding.

I am sure that you are aware that we here in Buffalo are very passionate fans and everyone that I have spoken with is very happy to hear that you are going to be okay.

I played my hockey in Fort Erie Ontario Canada and have seen my share of bad injuries, but never one that brought me to tears. With in minutes all of my old hockey buddies were calling me (their old captain) and for hours we were just comforting each other and reliving some old memories to take our mind off of what had just transpired.

As a fan and a former player I am truely happy to hear that you are resting comfortably and that Buffalo General is doing their jobs. You are in good hands.

My Aunt and uncle live in El Segundo CA. ( I am pretty sure you will remember that town) They are also big hockey fans and they send along their very best wishes to you and your family.

I hope your recovery is painless and speedy, because the next time you step onto the ice in Buffalo you will receive a standing ovation.

Get well soon,

Jim Doersam

Jim - Buffalo, New York
Just to let you your fans are all thinking of you and i am glad to see that things seem to be working out for you --GOOD LUCK

Aloysius - Creston, Newfoundland
Richard,what i seen happen to you was one of the worst injurys ive ever witnesed,but i also seen one of the best displays of courage you showed under extreme conditions.To get your self to the bench .I also was amazzed your team mates were able to finish the game.get well Richard hope to see you on the ice soon.

john - west seneca, New York
Best wishes to you and your family, and hope to see ya back on the ice soon.

Doug - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Richard ,
I wish you fast recovery. Luckily you managed to get off the ice quickly.

Igor - Oakville, Canada
Get better soon. Take it easy and don't over do it!!! Can't wait to see you back on the ice. God bless you and your family. Good luck on the ice except when you play the Penguins (that's my team!!!). Don't get hurt and watch out for ice skates.

Katie - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Buffalo sends its best, Richard. Get well soon.

Jay - Buffalo, New York
rest while you can! you'll be back on the ice in no time.Love to watch you play so make it back soon!!

Richard - barrie, canada
Drz Sa Chlapce a vela stastia.

Robert - Staten Island , New York
Get better Richard! We're praying for you here in Raleigh as well!

Bob - Raleigh, North Carolina
hope your ok i love the way you play the game !!!

cory - calgary, canada
Get well Richard Zednik. It's so sad to see such a good player get injured in such freak accident. The Ducks community hopes to see you back on the ice soon.

Matt M. and The Ducks Community

Matthew - Anaheim, California
Get well soon Richard. It may be hard to believe, but there are more important things in life than hockey as you can see now. I have a hockey family with 2 boys playing all year round. My wife was always worried about my son's neck being exposed. She would make him wear a turtle neck underneath his neckguard for more protection. We enjoyed watching you play when you played in Montreal. I hope you will get well soon so you can enjoy life with your family. That is the most important thing.

Mel Morris - Kahnawake, Quebec
Good luck Richard
From a habs fan

Antoine - Montreal, Quebec
Richard,

I heard about your accident last night after watching Detroit lose to the Ducks. Detroit had a tieing 3rd period goal taken away. The call shouldshould have been sent upstairs for review...but I digress. Ha Ha

It's excellent news to hear you are recovering. You and your family are in my prayers.

Stay strong.

All the best,
Kelly - New York, New York
Richard- We're thinking about you and your family out here in Indianapolis. We can't wait until you step back on the ice...we know it will be soon. All the best in your recovery.

Mark - Indianapolis, Indiana
WOW! Talk about taking one for the team! Absolutely spine-tingling to watch you skate to the bench........all our best wishes and prayers for your strength, braveness and speedy recovery!

Van Schalkwyk - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Get well soon and come back and with your exciting and fun to watch hockey. All of the fans in Palm Beach County are cheering for you.

Tom - Royal Palm Beach, Florida
Richard,
I am a Coyotes fan but a hockey player first and foremost, and loyal to the brotherhood of the game. There are no words to explain the extreme concern we had when you experienced your injury. You demonstrated alot of courage getting up and skating to the bench immediately after the incident. All the best for a quick recovery. Several years ago I too had a traumatic sports injury, so I can somewhat understand what you are going thru now. I made a full recovery. Rest up, and get well soon. See ya back on the ice when you recover.

Paul Mularz - Gilbert, Arizona
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time! You are in good hands with the doctors at Buffalo General. I was glad to hear your surgery was a sucess!
I hope you have a speedy recovery & hope everything turns out well!
Good Luck with everything!
God Bless You!
Get Well Fast <3

Samantha - Buffalo , New York
Dear Rich.
Get well so you can get back to scoring and helping this team better in so many ways. Thank you for your consistent effort and everyone hopes to see you on the ice soon.
Allen

Allen - Miami, Florida
All the best. Thanks trainers.

Grant - Oakville, Canada
From all of the members of my family to you and yours - best for a speedy recovery -- All of our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Best
Len - Boca Raton , Florida
Zed,

We still miss you in a Caps sweater. God bless you and your family as you recover. Hope to see you back on the ice soon.

Jim Shoenhard - Arlington, Virgina
Yesterday, when I saw you on the ice, skating to your bench with this injury and i saw all this blood on the ice. I almost cry, I saw your courage and your determination.

God is with you

Keep the faith and hope to see you soon back on the ice

Louis Gaudet - Moncton, New Brunswick

Hope you recover soon ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours ! Our little boys hope you get better !
Take care
The MacWilliams Family - Cornwall ,Prince Edward Island
Hi Richard, Sure relieved to hear you're going to be fine, the Panthers need you back as soon as you're ready to put your gear back on! Thanks for being such a great role model and representative of the greatest sport in the world. Get well soon, Denise

Denise - Greensboro, North Carolina
VERY scary accident!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get well soon!! Our best wishes to you and your family!

H & L - Calgary, Alberta
Best wishes for a speedy recovery Richard! Regards, Peter

Peter - Brampton, Canada
dear richard.

we were so sad to see what happened. although i am an ottawa senators fan, all hockey fans around the world were affected by this accidental injury and were relieved that you will be ok. hope to see you back on the ice soon. get well soon.

donna - gatineau, canada
That was the smartest play I've ever seen in my entire sporting career (baseball, hockey, football, etc...)

You did the right thing by getting off the ice right away and go to the hospital. I hope that you can recover quickly and get back on the ice as soon as you can. You're a hero in my book now.

God Bless You.

Dylan - Rochester, New York USA
Fan of RIT Tigers hockey


Richard,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife as you recover. All the best and I hope you are back home and healed soon.

Becky - Oxford, Massachusetts
Hope all is well for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Brian - Seattle, Washington
Get well Richard...Life is short...be safe....

Robert - Kingston, Canada
Sending you lots of love & quick healing vibes!! Can't wait to see you back out on the ice. You are one of our families favorites!!

Much love from a mama Cat fan & her 3 little Cat fans (Cheyenne, Briana & Zach)!!

Anjie - Pompano Beach, Florida
Get well soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and the whole Panthers organization.

Brenda - Buffalo, New York
Richard,

I wish you a speedy recovery in this time of trouble!! The hockey world is thinking of you!

ps - sign with the Maple Leafs next, we could you a guy like you!

Take care,
Kevin - Mississauga, Ontario
Richard,

I'm a Sabres fan living in Western New York and was watching the game in which you were injured. I'm sure I echo the entire Sabres Community when I say that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers for a fast and speedy recovery.

Best Wishes
John - Elba, New York
My best wishes and prayers go out to you and your family in this time, I hope that you have a speedy recovery. I will miss you as a player and person because you are a genuine human being that show a passion for the game and it has been a pleasure watching you on the ice. So, please hurry back stronger and healthier than ever.

Roy - Hialeah, Florida
Richard,

Just a short note to wish you a speedy recovery and to also thank you for your contributions to the Montreal Canadiens when you played there. I was kind of saddened when you left Montreal but that's the business.

Again, sincerest wishes for a speedy recovery. All the best to you and your family.

Rick Landry - Kingston, Canada
My thoughts are with you, your family and your team and you will be in my prayers.

Jennifer - Nelson, Virgina
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. It is good to hear that you are out of danger and resting comfortably. Hockey fans in southern Ontario look forward to your return to the ice.

Steve - Aurora, Canada
Hi Richard.

My name is Jeff and I am a huge fan of the game of hockey. I was online last night when I saw the news of your injury and a replay of the incident. I cannot describe how moving it was to see you skate to the bench on your own knowing that something was seriously wrong. As a fan it is hard to see something like this happen, and I am so very happy that you are alright and are recovering. Best wishes to you and your family and I hope that you get well soon.

Also, I would like to say that my thoughts are with Olli Jokinen. I realize that this must be weighing heavily on your mind as it was your skate that came into contact with Richard. It was clearly an accident and I am so sorry that you and the Panthers organization had to witness this.

Take care,
Jeff - Edmonton, Other Canada --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Zed,

We were horrified to hear what happened to you yesterday but amazed to see that you were able to skate over to the bench to get assistance and relieved that you are ok and recovering in the hospital. We watched you blossom as a pro with the Washington Capitals (twice!) and still hold all (well most) former Caps players close to our hearts! We pray for you to have a speedy recovery and be able to return to the ice soon.

Even though you play for the Panthers, you will always be a Washington Capital to us!

Godspeed Zed and get well soon.
Kelli & Jeff - Bowie, Maryland
Get well soon.

Matt - Trencin, Slovakia
Good improvement and all good!

Christian - Graz, Austria
God bless you and your family.

God Bless
Raymond - Methuen, Massachusetts
Hey Zed,

Get well soon! I know as a Caps season ticket holder since 1986 you made me jump out of my seat on many occaions. While I can't say I'm rooting for that now, I *am* rooting for your complete recovery! :)

Take care, do what the doctors tell you, and make sure you let Bonzai know you're ok too!

Mike - Germantown, Maryland
Section 421

Riso, our thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family. Get well soon!!! Whole of SLovakia is behind you!!!!! You make our country very proud!

Etel - Winchcombe, United Kingdom
Zedi,
We are so very sorry about your injury. You are in our thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery. We look forward to having you back on the ice soon. Our team is not the same without you.
Our Best,
Janean & Jeff - Tamarac, Florida
Get well soon.

Allan - Pictou, Nova Scotia
Hey Richard. I was really glad to hear that you're okay. My thoughts are with you and your family during this scary time. Take it easy and best of luck!

Emily - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Richard,

I wish you a speedy recovery in this time of trouble!! The hockey world is thinking of you!

ps - You would be a good fit in Toronto, sing with the Leafs next!

take care my friend,
Kevin - Mississauga, Ontario
That was the scariest thing I have ever seen in sports. Get well soon and us Florida Panthers fans look forward to seeing you back on the ice at the Bank Atlantic Center.

Dara - Boca Raton, Florida
Hey Richard, Get well soon buddy! I know when you get back in the lineup you'll tear in up.

David - Winnipeg, Canada
I pray that you recover 100% Richard, God is truly watching over you. I am a United States Marine stationed in Virginia and one thing I have come to learn is that God is the reason for miracles in our lives, we are all here for His plan and need to recognize that. God Bless and get well soon.

Adam - Woodbridge, Virgina
Our thoughts and prayers from Buffalo are with you. Wishing you the best and a speedy recovery.

Amanda - Buffalo, New York
Get well Soon Zednik!!!!!!!!!!!!

Derek - Buffalo, New York
We as hockey fans are all very relieved that you are okay. It didn't matter who won the game anymore after the incident. Whether it be Florida fans or Buffalo fans in HSBC arena that evening, we were all on your side.

I speak for everyone when I say that I send my best wishes to you and your family. Here's to a quick recovery, so that you may continue playing the game you love. You're a great player.

Sincerely,
Collin Mehl - Rochester, New York
Get well soon buddy the only thing on my mind was your family. all the best to you and yours. Remember hockey second family first.

Chris - Red Deer, Alberta
Richard, Jessica, and the entire Panthers Family,

On behalf of the Niagara County Girls Hockey Association, we wish you a speedy recovery and speedy return to the Panthers lineup. Although we support a different jersey, our hockey family in western New York has become part of your hockey family in wishing you all the best during this difficult time. Best Wishes.

Barry - Lewiston, New York
Glad to hear you're making a recovery! Can't wait to see you out on the ice again!

cj - denver, colorado
Get well wishes from a Flyers fan, Hope to see you on the ice soon.

Tom - Medford, New Jersey
Richard, get well soon!!! I remember watching the Malarchuk game on TV, and now this one, and Clint got through just fine.

So will you.

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Chuck - Buffalo, New York
Peter, best wishes and all of our prayers from the Western New York area. We hope all continues to get better and you have the best possible recovery. Something like this should never have happened. I Hope all is well and that you have a perfect recovery. Your in everyone's thoughts around here, take care.

vinnie - niagara falls, New York
Richard I hope you feel better, and will be able to play again. Your one of my favorite players and i was very scared once you had got hurt. I hope you return and have a full healthy recovery.i wish you and you family the best wishes!

Austin - Buffalo, New York
Dear Richard,
We are wishing you (and your family) a very speedy recovery. Like Denis said, you are a warrior !!!
See you on the ice,
The Buchwalters

Caren & Mitch, Dara & Kiel - Parkland, Florida
Dear Mister Zednik,
first i hope you get well soon. We all saw the game against Buffalo tonight (or later the videos on the net) and these awful scenes, and couldn´t believe that this could happen.

But now it isn`t time to think about hockey, its time for you and your familiy.

But we panthers fans will be happy to see you soon as possible back on the ice.

So Mr. Zednik, and now i repeat me, get well soon.
Grettings from Germany

M.Pohl - Hamburg, Germany
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Bro!

Michael - Pierce, Colorado
Our family hopes you get well soon

Stephanie - Ottawa, Ontario
My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I wish you a speedy and full recovery.

Randy - Buffalo, New York
Wishing you the very best.. one of the greatest of all time..

Joseph - niagara falls, Ontario
GET WELL SOON MAN I KNOW YOUR STRONG AND YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS WITH NO PROBLEM.ITS GOOD TO HEAR THAT YOUR DOING WELL.

Anthony - Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Richard,

My girlfriend and I are big fans and season ticket holders so of course we were watching the game last night and saw you get hurt. The network handled it well but we were just stunned and in disbelief over what happened to you. Of course, we don't know you personally, but we prayed (and will continue to pray) for you and your family to be OK. I want you to know that we are thinking about you and your family and wish you a speedy and full recovery.

Your Fans, Jim & Sharon - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
From a dedicated Red Wings fan, I wish you all the best and hope to see you back out on the ice very soon. Take care!

Chad - Grand Rapids, Michigan
To the Zednik Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Richard, you are a fighter and will get through this...stay strong!

Wishing you a speedy and healthy recovery.

Take care,
Voula Balabanos - Montreal, QC
get well soon. :)

Vellu - Kerava, Finland
Wishing you a speedy recovery.Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Donna - Pictou, Nova Scotia
I hope you have a speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Traci - Nashville, Tenessee
Mr. Zednik:

We were at the game last night in Buffalo and hope that we are speaking for all of Western New York when we say that we wish you a safe, speedy and healthy recovery!

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Marc P. and Marc A. Graff - Niagara Falls, New York
glad you are going to be ok. heal fast [hockey guys are tough]. hope you are back playing soon. i live in ct. but my son lives in plantation , and evry time i visit we go to a panthers game.freak things do happen and you never know. again hope you get better soon and best wishes to you and you family. the zownir hocky family

george - southington, Connecticut
Sure am happy to hear that you are going to be OK! I think you saved your own life when you didn't panic - way to go!
When you come back to the ice I'm sure your welcome from the fans will be crazy - hope you don't get a penalty for "delay of game"! ;)

Elizabeth - Barrie, Canada
dear richard,wow im so sorry this happened to you i couldn't imagine how you must have felt, i was terrified. i hope you get well soon and can continue to be one of the best players we have, my regards go to your family as well.take care buddy.

sincerly,
steve - boca raton, Florida
From a Habs fan to a former Hab,

Get well soon... and if you're gonna continue scoring hatricks, maybe you should consider coming back to montreal!

Jonathan - montreal, quebec
Hello Mr. Zednik,
Our hopes and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Please accept this e-mail as a 'GET WELL' corospondance! You have been one of the hockey greats to watch over the years. Here's to a quick recovery and seeing you on the ice in the future!

peace
The Ritchie family - Somerdale, New Jersey
Hey ricky,
Just a quick word from a scared shitless fan to wish a quick recovery. You've been unbeleivable for our team this season. Your speed, quickness and passion is a great asset to this franchise. You gave us quite a scare. Get well and we cannot wait to see you with a panther jersey again.

Take care
Michelle and Matt from Los Angeles
Go CATS GO

From a fan that appreciated you when you were a Cap and still enjoys watching you play.
Good luck in your recovery.

Mark - Prince Frederick, Maryland
I can't imagine how scred you were, or your family for that matter. I hope you have a speedy recovery. This was a fluke accident. Please don't let it tarnish your game. You're a great player. Keep it up.
Take care,

Brian - Houston, Texas
I was so worried when i heard that Zed was injured. I hope it isent too bad. I hope you get well soon, and win lots of games. My girlfriend Ally is also worried and send her mssage that you will get well soon.

Best wishes Robin And Ally - Malmö, Sweden
From everyone up in here in Wild Country we wish you the best of luck and hope to see you on your skates as soon as possible.
From us all in Minnesota

Brad - Hutchinson, Minnesota
hey, feel better bro and stay strong. We need you back, your the man.

Brandon - Plantation, Florida
I hope that your recovery is swift and you can return to the greatest game on earth. Being a life long Caps fan I have enjoyed watching you play and cannot wait to see you back on the ice. Get well soon.

Doug - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Get well Richard from a Sabres fan. You were very brave to skate off the ice on your own. I hope for a speedy recovery.

Tim - Buffalo, New York
Thoughts are with Richard and his family!

Greg - Langley, Canada
Get well Richard from a Sabres fan. You were very brave to skate off the ice on your own. I hope for a speedy recovery.

Tim - Buffalo, New York
Richard,

My heart aches for you and your family. I was at the HSBC Arena and sat in my seat and prayed for you.

Please know that we are all a part of a hockey family and I wish you nothing but a quick and speedy recovery. I look forward to having our paths meet in the future.

God Bless you.

Susan Seifert - Buffalo, New York
I hope you have a good recovery and are back on the ice in due time. Take it easy, glad to hear that you are doing better.

Jessica - San Antonio, Texas
Get well soon Big Z. I am glad from all the accounts and reports I am getting here in Illinois you are going to be OK! That is awesome news. My prayers are with you and Jessica and your entire family at this time.

Frank - Woodstock, Illinois
Richard, my thoughts & prayers are with you, your family & teammates. I wish you a speedy recovery. You will be missed on the ice.

Corrie - Lantana, Florida
Richard
Get well soon! Our thoughts & prayers are with you for a complete recovery and a return to the game soon!

JACK - Swansea, Massachusetts
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope you have a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back on the ice in the near future.

Zach - Halifax, Canada
My prayers are with you and your family. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Michele - Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Hi Richard. My family and I really hope you get much better and we hope you plan to get back on the ice. I was unfortunatly not at the game although I do live in the area. I was watching the game on TV during that time. It was hard to see the hit but we knew it was pretty serious. I was actually on the computer with my mom and my dad was sitting in his chair watching it. As soon as i heard that you have gotten cut in the neck, i think i was sick to my stomach. I have loved you as a player on the Panthers and i hope you feel better. When i heard you got cut, i suddenly think back to Malarchuck. I wasn't born yet but have seen it many times. In the Buffalo News today, the sports page is heart-breaking. It shows you with your hand on your neck with a very panic look on your face. But what really got me was the fans in the backround. Their faces could tell it all. There was a little boy in the picture and looked like he was screaming. It really shocked me. A couple of my friends were at that game and some of my school teachers. My friend Kelly told me this morning that she just sat there in her seat for 5 minutes and couldnt take her eyes off of the trail of your blood from the net to the bench. She didnt want to see it but it was crazy and she said she would remember it for the rest of her life. On TV we only saw the trail of blood for not even 5 seconds. And Im happy that we only saw it that long. I wouldnt of wanted to see it anymore. My other friend Tim that was at the game sat right in that corner where you were hit. He saw everything. He was scared half to death when he saw it. I just hope that you feel much better and I want to let you know that very good people in that hospital are taking care of you. Best wishes to you and your family. Get well soon! We miss you here in Buffalo!!!! =]

Stephanie - Niagara Falls, New York
Dear Richard,
I would like to take a moment and tell you everyone in Buffalo and the world are praying for at this difficult time. We wish you all the best in safe speedy recovery. You should be very proud of yourself for the calm composure you displayed after the tragic incident at the HSBC arena last night. You saved your own life by your quick reactions and getting help. The doctors and medical staff did a great job but you ultimately never gave up! We are so proud of you!!! I hope that your recovery is swift so we can see you compete in the playoffs.
Look forward to seeing you on the ice soon- Stay strong, good luck.I am a a true sabres fan but a Zednik fan too.

Amy - Buffalo, New York
Dear Richard:

We hope you are well and that you have a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Please take good care,
Michelle Bauer
Buffalo Sabres Fan

P.S. I hope the hospital has good satellite or cable reception, with the Center Ice Package, in case you want to keep tabs on the league while you are there. Or so that you can at least watch HBO... :o)

Michelle - Strykersville , New York
From a Montreal Canadiens' fan, I want to tell you that we support you about what happened. Get well as soon as possible. We still have in memory the hit you took in the playoffs, boy you're not lucky...

Anyway, hockey's secondary in these kind of things. Take care of yourself! ;)

Simon - Sherbrooke Québec
Please get well soon Richard. The thoughts and prayers of every hockey fan in the world are with you, your family and your teammates and you are wished all the best for a complete recovery.

Kerri - St. Catharines, Ontario
My family and I are praying for your full recovery. Get well soon!

DAVID - BILOXI, Mississippi
Hey Rich Get well soon buddy. Hope everything goes well.

Chris - Staten Island, New York
hey zed, my prayers are with you man

dany - montreal, quebec
Richard,our thoughts are with you,you have been through these unfortunate situations before (re MTL era)get well soon.
Your fan from montreal
Ara Soukiassian - Montreal, Quebec
Hey Rich Get well soon buddy. Hope everything goes well.

Chris - Staten Island, New York
God Speed to you Richard for a speedy recovery.

You and your entire family are in our prayers.

AJ - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Richard, I have been a fan of yours for many years and have followed you through your career. I was horrified by your accident and I pray for a rapid and complete recovery. God bless you, Richard and I look forward to your return to hockey. You and your family and friends will remain in my prayers.

Shirley - Lockport, New York
Zed... Always enjoyed your time here with the Caps, and my heart sank when I read the crawl on ESPN last night. Hope you are doing well in your recovery. My thoughts/prayers are with you.

Matt - Centreville, Virgina
I'm keeping you in my prayers, man. I hope you can get well and make a full recovery from this. I'm sure you can do it. Hang in there!
-Demetri

Demetri - Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Richard,
I was horrified to hear about your injury on Sunday night. I hope that you recover fast and feel well soon. my prayers and thoughts are with you, your family, and your teammates as you recover.
Sincerely,
Anthony Strozewski - Buffalo, New York
Mr. Zednick,

I am extremly glad to hear you are in stable condition. I still cannot believe you were heads-up enough to skate to the bench. I don't think you are going to read each and every "get well" message but I just wanted to show my appreciation for your great play and intelligence. I hope you recover fully and get back on the ice in time for the playoffs. You are a key player in this town and you are appreciated.

Pacco - Miami, Florida
I am a Sabres fan and wish you a speedy recovery.

Best regards.

Howard - Rochester, New York
Zed, been a huge fan of yours throughout your career. I'm from DC and I'm sure a lot of Caps fans and NHL fans are wishing nothing but the best and hope you get better ASAP and get back out on the ice. My thoughts are with Olli gets through this mentally. Prayers for you and your family.

Jeff - Ffx, Virgina
Richard,

Just want to wish you all the best for a full recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, teammates and friends. All the Best!!
Sincerely,
Mike Wood - St. Thomas, Ontario
Get well Richard you are a big part of the team

Josh - Pembroke Pines, Florida
Best of Luck for a speedy recovery, my prayers go out to you and your family.

Helena - Kitchener, Ontario
You're in my thought.. Stay Strong!

Stefano - Lakewood, New Jersey
Wishing you a the very best!!!

larry - plantation, Florida
Richard,

Best wishes for a speedy recovery from a Habs fan to a former Hab.

Ryan - Dartmouth, Canada
Can't wait to see you back on skates, all the best over the recovery period. I still can't believe you skated off on your own steam!!!!

Signed,

All Hockey Fans in Canada!!!

Micheal - Edmonton, AB
I was so glad to turn on Sports Center this morning and find out that you were resting in stable condition in the hospital. Please get well soon man!

Hockey players are the toughest atheletes in all of professional sports, and I was not surprised to see you skate to the bench with your throat lacerated!!

Richard Zednik ... "The Toughest Man Alive!"

Brian - Halifax, Canada
Richard,

I am thankful that your surgery was successful and I wish you a speedy recovery. It was amazing your presence of mind to get to the bench quickly after such a scary accident. Thankfully the doctors and our trainer got to you quickly and you received great and immediate care. God bless you and your family.


My best wishes and thoughts and prayers to you and your family, hope to see you back on the ice soon!

Take care
Michael - Naples, Florida
Things like this make us shift our focus quickly from hockey to family. God bless you & your family through the recovery process! Hopefully the result of your injury will at least be more kids wearing neck protectors & a life saved!

Sean - Buffalo, New York
I was shocked to see what happened to you on Sunday. I am so glad that you were able to get to the bench quickly, and get medical attention as soon as you did. I wish you a very speedy recovery. I remember you from both of your times in Washington D.C, when you were playing for the Capitals. I was sad to see you go both times.

Get well soon, and good luck to you and the Panthers. I hope to see you on the ice very soon.

Gary - Centreville, Virgina
I hope you recover soon Zed! You are tough and I know you can get better. From all of us at our small town of 133, we wish you the best of luck!

Mike - Rencontre East, Canada
When I saw your injury on the NHL channel last night, it shook me to the core, and I started crying. Nothing else seemed to matter at that point and time, only your survival. I remember when that happened to Clint Malarchuk, and I could not believe what I was watching. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and I wish you a speedy recovery. God Bless.

Patty Martin - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Long-time hockey fan and Philadelphia Flyers' fan.

Richard is a fine player and has always seemed like a great guy. I really enjoy watching him play. I pray that he continues to have a successful recovery and gets back out there very soon.

Jesse - Stafford, Virgina
Our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

Christopher & Kristie - Cheektowaga, New York
Richard,

There are no other words to truly express how we feel other then to tell you that you and your family are in our prayers and we wish you a speedy and full recovery.

Sincerely,
The Merritt Family - Davie, Florida
Hey Richard, get better soon. Best of luck.

Greg - New York, New York
My prayers are with you that you get well soon.

Carol S. - Miami, Florida
Your courage on the ice give you the courage you need as your recovery.

The Kantor Family - Pembroke Pines, Florida
My thoughts and prayers are with Richard, his family and teammates. I hope you get well soon.

Manny - Montreal, Quebec
Hope you feel better soon!!

Gabe - Fort Erie, Canada
In the short time that you have been a Panther you have made yourself indispensible to the team and to the fans. To say that my husband and I wish you a speedy and premamnent recovery is not an understatement but a prayer from our hearts. That is all we can offer you but there are more where those come from.

We look forward to seeing you on the ice again and continue to make a run for that CUP.

May God watch over you, your wife and daughter as well as Ollie whose total cocnern was evident in his face when he realized what happened to you.

TAKE CARE ---
From Joey #1 Panther Fan
& Valentin who tag along for thw ride - Pembroke Pines, Florida
That was one hell of a cut Zed. I hope your recovery is full and swift. May you enjoy the love of your family and return to hockey when you are ready. Good luck!

Hockey - Los Angeles, California
Dear Richard,
I have kept you in my prayers after I saw the injury that you had taken in your game against the Sabres. I hope you recover soon and hope to see you back on the ice.
Good Luck !

Cameron - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Richard my prayers and thoughs are with you and your family hope you get well very soon. after seeing that i am sure God has a plan for yuor life May His grace be with you , as it apears it already has . God Bless

Ken - Deerfield beach, Florida
Get well soon Richard....best wishes from our family to your.

Brad - Vancouver, Canada
Zed -- I was a big fan when you played here in D.C. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We wish you a speedy and full recovery.

Steve - Washington, District of Columbia
Richard, feel better, we are with you :) you look better on the ice than medical bed :)

Anastasia - Montreal, Quebec
Wishing your an speedy and ful receovery and well wishes to your family.

David - Rochester, New York
Our thoughts and prayers were with you last night, and will continue to be with you for a quick recovery.

TERI - HAMBURG, New York
Richard, you are one brave, smart and above all, lucky man. Heal fast. We're all thinking of you.

Shannon - Ottawa, Ontario
All hockey fans wish you a speedy recovery...love to watch you play!!

Kim - Peterborough, Canada
Hey Richard,

Great to hear that you are recovering, you had all your fans very worried.

Even though I am a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, I have always been a Richard Zednik fan,and enjoyed watching you while you were playing for the Montreal Canadians.

Hope to see you back on the ice very soon, you deserve it, and so do all of your fans around the world.

All the best in your recovery, and easy on my Leafs next time.

Cheers
Rob Vallery - Toronto, Ontario
Have been watching the reports in the paper. Very nice to hear that as of Monday following the game you were doing well. Rest up and hope to see you back on the ice.

Debbie - Clifton, Virgina
Get well Richard. The prayers of people around the world are with you.

Mark - Edmonton, Alberta
Richard,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are big Hockey fans and never want players to get hurt. We wish you a quick recovery and will look for you back on the ice soon.

Love,
The Agnew Family
Frank. Libby and Joseph - Fullerton, California
God bless you and get well soon!

Rachel - Syracuse, New York
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the whole Panthers team. May God continue to bless you all.

Marie & Bill - East Berne, New York
God was with you last night and will follow you through rehab and recovery. My family and I will keep you in our prayers. May you a have complete and hasty recovery.

Martin Family - Erie, Pennsylvania
Hey Richard,
Dude, I am a die hard Panthers fan, but health and life comes first. I am thanking God your OK today, for your sake, and for the sake of your family. I really hope you get well fast, so I can see you back on the ice, leading this team to its first Stanley Cup. But first get healthy and strong,
Evan Ross

Evan - West Palm Beach, Florida
Richard,

You are incredibly brave and strong. Please know that the city of Buffalo is thinking about you and praying for your quick recovery.

Tess - Buffalo, New York
Hi Mr. Zednik,

Wishing you a speedy recovery and all the best to yourself and your family. Hockey fans everywhere are pulling for you!

Sam - Victoria, BC
Dear Richard,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Our Buffalo area doctors are the best. We wish you a speedy recovery.

God Bless

Deb & Ron Pulinski - Buffalo, New York
Get well soon Richard. You have the love of your family, friends and team mates to see you through your recovery.

Tony, Washington Capitals fan. - Washington, District of Columbia
Get well soon, hope to see you back on the ice soon

Derek - Anoka, Minnesota
It seems unreal still to watch it on tv. The way you reacted so quickly.. courageous. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Get well soon. You have a great support system around you!

Shanna - Ottawa, Ontario
Get well, Zed.

Joseph K - Fairfax, Virgina
Hey Richard, I hope you get better really soon and are back on the ice scoring goals and winning games. All the best to you and your family.

Michael - Toronto, Ontari
To Richard and his family,

Get well soon Richard. All the best in your recovery. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Take Care

To the Panthers Organization,

Thank you for thinking of Richard's wife and flying her out to be with him. Your consideration is truly remarkable.

Louise Monette - Noelville, Ontario
A great fan of hockey.

Zednik,

Everyone who was watching the game around the country said a prayer for you the second we knew what happened. I am so glad you are in stable condition and recovering from successful surgery. Get well soon, you are in the hearts of all hockey fans and of course Panther fans.

God Bless man,
Brian - Norwalk, Connecticut
My thoughts and prayers go out to you, the team and all of your loved ones. This accident couldnt happend to a more decent guy! All the power to you my dear Richard.

Jackie - Montreal, Quebec
love ya or hate ya as a player I wouldn,t wish that on anybody.My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family,as well as your team mates,Hope to see you play again

Robert - Toronto, Ontario
Good luck with your recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

eddie - Quincy, Florida
Get well soon. You're a super star now

Andi - Fresno, California
Speedy recovery to you and looking to see you return to the game you love

gordon - kentville, nova scotia
hey z-man saw what happened and form my family get well soon. i watched you play when you were a portland winterhawk in the whl. we try to catch all your games on nhl centerice. hope the panthers are treating you well.

paul - vancouver, Washington
VERY glad to hear your surgery went well and you're recovering. You're in my thoughts and prayers!

Lucas - Ottawa, Ontario
Hi Richard,

Best wishes for a speedy recovery from my family to yours.

Ryan Pittman - Edmonton, Canada

Dear Richard,
Get well soon. You are a great player and the Panthers will need you in the lineup. What happened was very unfortunate, but you are very strong and I know you will make a full recovery. Best of luck!

Sincerely,
Peter Fallon - Wellesley, Massachusetts
Richard, Best wishes for a speedy recovery and best of luck in the future. Get well soon and continue your hot streak!

Mitch - North Bay, Ontario
Get well soon mate. Can't wait to see you scoring goals again.

Andrew - Boca Raton, Florida
My best to you and your family, Get well soon! We need you back out there, you're a scoring machine!!

Josh - Miramar, Florida
Zed's you are an inspiration to us all. I love watching you on and off the ice. My prayers are with you. I wish you a speedy recovery. I will remember this moment always. Your strength amazed me, your ability to be calm and know precisely what to do in that moment, just amazing.

As a fan and a booster club member you have my support and my well wishes. I eagerly await your return to the ice.

Rest, relax and heal. You have God with you and all our prayers too.

Much love to you Zed's.

Magdalena - North Miami, Florida
wishing you well on your complete recovery
nobody wants to see such accidents occur , but know you are determined to come back and play alongside your team-mates
good luck and best to you and your family

floyd - dunkirk, New York
Richard, get well soon, man... I was a big fan of yours in Washington, and even though you are now on a divisional opponent, I sincerely hope the best for you. You are strong and I know you will make a full recovery. I hope to see you back out on the ice as soon as you are ready!

Greg - Annapolis, Maryland
Richard, best wishes for a quick recovery. We here in Buffalo were stunned and very scared for you - there was much relief throughout this entire extended "Sabres" community (Buffalo & surrounding suburbs) when we were told of your stable condition and transfer to Buffalo General. Our thoughts are with you and your family! Take care, the Lefebvres.

Paul & Alexis - Buffalo, New York
Hi Richard!
We sure hope you get well soon, the Panthers need you!
you are a great guy and an great player.
We are sorry that accident happened, and we were impressed how you handled so well.
I would probably stand there and start screming, but you were awesome as usual.

Get better soon!
We love you!

Evelyn & Enrique - Lauderhill, Florida
Hey - I wish you a speedy recovery! Although, I would wish this to anyone in your circumstances, I am a HABS fan and therfore have also apreciated your sports-man-ship. I think you showed loads of courage when you held your neck and skated to the bench.

Best wishes,
Adam - Toronto, Ontario
hi richard! hope you have a speedy recovery. that was awfully scary. get well soon!

Alex - Miami, Florida
hey richard, i was at the game sunday and i just wanted to send my well wishes and let you know that here in buffalo your a champion...you have the respect of the entire city and i just wanted to let you know how brave i think you are, i wish you the very best! get well soon

kyle - buffalo, New York
Get well soon Richard. The entire hockey world wishes you the best! Go Isles :)

Adam - Ocean, New Jersey
It was absolutely horrible to see what happened to you last night and wonderful to hear that you were going to be ok. You are a great addition to the Panthers and I hope to see you on the ice in DC on April 5. Get well soon! :)

Becky - Baltimore, Maryland
Dear Richard:

Here is wishing you well. You are a terrific player and surely hope to see you back on the ice very soon. As most hockey fans would agree that accidents like this puts fear into all of us, no matter what team you cheer for. Keep your faith, get well soon. I'll be praying for you and your family. Take care

No.1 hockey fan
dennis kushneryk - Brantford, Canada
Hey Richard hope that you are doing better and going on to a full recovery. I have to admit that I miss having you in a Montreal uniform but was happy to see the season that you are having with the Panthers. Get well soon and get back soon.

All the best!
J-P - Montreal, Quebec
Richard,

As I witnessed the accident on Sunday night, I felt a tightness in my heart and a fear that we were about to experience a very serious tragedy. I was very relieved to hear news of your stable condition.

I respect your bravery, picking yourself up and rushing to the bench showed true strength and will.

Everyone here wishes you a safe and speedy recovery!

Justin Desnoyers - Vancouver, B.C.
God is with you all the time.I hope you get well soom, the team, the game and the funs miss you.

charles - toronto, ontario
Get well soon, Zeddy. Hope to see you back on the ice in a few. You are an inspiration to your teammates, your fans and the entire hockey world. Maybe the Panthers can win some for you while you recuperate. God bless.
Mal (a diehard fan)

Malcolm - Boynton Beach, Florida
Good luck and stay strong.

Jeff - Denver, Colorado
HOPE YOU GET WELL AND ALL MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

PINO - MONTREAL,QUEBEC
Get well soon Richard, our thoughts are with you.

Dan - Vancouver, B.C.
Just wanted to wish you well Zednik! Prayers go out to both you and your family!

Michael Y. - Lake Worth, Florida
As a player, a fan and a wife and mom - my thoughts and prayers go to you and your family for a full and speedy recovery from devastating injury.

HUGS
Sandra - Brighton, Michigan
Everyone here in Buffalo is pulling for you man. We all wish the best and hope oy recorve quickly.

Jeff - Buffalo, New York
It's horrible to see an incident like that in any sport, but the thoughts and prayers from Hockey Nation are with you for a speedy recovery.

Secondly, I just want to really send you a huge compliment for having the presence of mind in such a situation, not to panic. Your sound decision making, even in a time of grave peril, saved minutes from what would have been if the trainers had to come out on the ice.

As a fan of yours while you were in Montreal, and a continuing fan since that time, I'm glad to hear you're doing alright, hopefully you'll be back to par soon!

Justin - Fredericton, Canada
My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope you have a very speedy and complete recovery. You are very brave and I am sure many across this country and the world admire you. Take care.

Janet - Charleston, South Carolina
Hey Richard,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Everyone in the NHL Family of fans knows you will overcome this and be back on the ice again soon.

Stay positive.

Darryl Spicer - Sacramento, California
(Maple Leafs Fan)

Get well soon, Richard! I am grateful that the staff of both teams, as well as the fine medical staff in Buffalo, were able to treat you and that you will be back on the ice soon!

Good luck to you,

Mike Ellis, a longtime Capital's fan! - Raleigh, North Carolina
Richard, I just want to start this off by saying you were my favorite player when you were with the Canadiens.

No one deserves to have such a freak accident happen to them and I just wanted to wish you a quick and speedy recovery. The constitution you showed by getting up and skating back to your bench reveals a lot about you.

All the best to you and your family.

Peter Andrew - Montreal, Quebec
Hello Richard,

First of all you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad you are on your way to recovery. I am a big time hockey guy. I am also coaching my son Noah who is six years old. We were watching the game on our new HD big-screen TV when we watched you accident unfolding. My son said daddy will he be okay and I said I don't know. I held his hand and prayed to my Lord and asked Him to take care of you. He did. Take care and wishing you and yours nothing but the best!

Rob - Buffalo, New York
Richard,

I'm truely sorry for what happend to you, You are an amazing hockey player that will be missed by all hockey fans (no matter which team they support) My sympathy's go out to you and your family at this difficult time in your life!

Shane - Brampton, ontario
Hockey is a great sport. Probably the best. But it's only a game. It is an unbelievable accident to witmess and we should all try to take something positive out of this happening. It made me reflect on my life and what's important and I'm sure it did for you. Please accept my get well wishes for you and give your family a hug!
See you back soon!

Robert - west babylon, New York
Richard,

I would like to send you my thoughts and well wishes during your recovery. I think I speak on behalf of the Pittsburgh fan base when I say; I wish you all the best and I'm looking forward to your return to the ice.

Regards,
Dan - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
best wishes and a speedy recovery,god bless

bryan - mississauga, ontario
It's so great to hear that you're doing well this morning Richard. You're an inspiration and I wish you a speedy recovery!

Amanda - Antioch, California
Dear Richard and Zednik family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My best wishes for a healthy recovery. I have enjoyed watching Richard play this year. He truly has been a great addition to the panthers organization. Again my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Mike Hosking - Tamarac, Florida
I happen to be a Sabres fan first and a Florida one second - as our Rochester Americans share a dual affiliation with both teams. Just wanted you to know we are all keeping you and yours in prayer and hope you will be back soon.... God bless.....

Barbara - rochester, New York
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Get well soon and get back on those skates.

KENNETH - 15 main st. brookfield, nl, canada
Hi! i hope that Richard Zednik Get's well & by The way When he use to play 4 Mtl I was a Fan of Number 20

Much Love!!

rahman - Montreal, quebec
Best Wishes from Toronto. You are in our thoughts! recover soon! :)

Nella - Toronto , Ontario
ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND IM SURE OF ALL THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FANS WE WISH YOU A SPEEDY RECOVERY. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU ON THE ICE THE NEXT TIME WE MEET. ANYWAY GOOD LUCK AND GET WELL SOON!

ERIC - PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania
Our toughts and prayers are with Richard and his family.
wishing him a quick and speedy recovery.

-CANADA CARES
Amy - Lethbridge, Canada
Hi, recover fast richard you are so good player and florida needs you to win games =) sry my bad english i live finland and only 16years old =)

Miika - tampere, finland
Oh behalf of the Portland Winter Hawk organization, our prayers are with you and your family as you recover from this terrible injury.

If there is anything you'd like us to say on your behalf on our next radio broadcast to your fans here in Portland, we'd be happy to pass anything along.

Get well old friend!

Mark Ertle - Portland, Oregon
Portland Winter Hawks


Thoughts are prayers are with you and your family!!

Brian - Louisville, Kentucky
I hope you are feeling better soon. I hope you are back soon and can score some more goals.

I am 5 years old and am a big hockey fan!

Joey - Rochester, New York
Really hope for a speedy recovery. No matter what team your a fan of something like this hits everyone. Like many was very worried after hearing the news and am glad that Zednik is recovering.

Feel for everyone close to Zenik that would be far more worried than anyone else. Zednik showed some true strength in getting himself to the bench and a large thank you to the trainers, medical staff, and everyone who assisted in saving his life. Everyone involved did an amazing job and really made a difference on that night.

The best wishes of hockey fans are with you Richard.

David - London, Other
We've really enjoyed having you on the team. Hopefully you'll have a speedy recovery and will be able to pick up where you left off. Thanks for your play out there. Get well soon.

RT - orlando, Florida
Thoughts are prayers are with you and your family!!

Brian - Louisville, Kentucky
Mr. Zednik, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you begin your recovery.

I look forward to seeing you play in Buffalo again in the future. You are and have always been an exciting player to watch. Good luck in your recovery.

-Alexander Jones - Buffalo, New York
Get well Richard, and all of us in Oil Country wish you a speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Hope to see you back on the ice ASAP.

Your hockey friend
Chris Tremblay - Calgary, Alberta
Richard, Get well soon!

Pete - Springfield , Pennsylvania
Hi Richard,

I am a Panthers fan from the Northeast.May God help you heal quickly,get well soon,and be back playing the game you love.

Mary Kathleen - Marlborough, Massachusetts
I wish you a speedy recovery....my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during this ordeal. I look forward to seeing you flying up & down the wing the next time the Panthers visit the Xcel Energy Center to visit the Wild. Best wishes for a complete recovery, and a successful return to the NHL....

Kevin - Burnsville, Minnesota
Nothing that hasn't already been said: Our prayers are with you and wishing you a speedy recovery! There's another
standing "O" waiting for you.

Bill - Springfield, New Jersey
You are one amazing and talented hockey player.

My prayers and thoughts are with you, your wife and family. Wishing you a speedy and successful recovery!

Andrew - Bogota, New Jersey
Get well soon Richard! We are thinking of you!

Dave - Dubuque, Iowa
Richard:
I was at the game last in Buffalo, and just wanted to pass on my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Life is precious , and hockey is just a game. I wish you all the best, as you recover from this injury.
All my best
John - Grand Island NY, New York
Gave me a real scare (Zee) was and still are one of my favorite platers in the league. Still miss you down here in Montreal, take care take the time it needs to recover and you will come back stronger than ever. Same to your family. A fan Firefighter.

Marc - Montreal, Quebec
I hope you get well soon, and return to the ice. I've enjoyed watching you play the Lightning.

Stay safe, stay strong...

Jim - Clearwater, Florida
Just wanting to wish you a speedy recovery, and hope that everything works our for you. When I saw your injury on t.v. I was very concerned for you, your loved ones and your family.

Get well soon and hope to see you in action.

Keith - Standoff, Alberta
I WAS SO SAD TO SEE YOU GET HURT AT LAST NIGHT'S GAME I'M PRAYING FOR YOU AND I HOPE I CAN SEE YOU UP AND BETTER REALLY SOON. MY PARENTS TAKE ME TO SEE ALL THE HOME GAMES AND YOU ARE MY MOM'S FAVORITE PLAYER YOU ARE A GREAT PLAYER. WE CAN'T BE SAME WITH OUT YOU

GOD BLESS,


YOUR FAN
JONATHAN CANALES
LET'S GO PANTHERS LET'S GO RICHARD LET'S GO!!!!

Mr. Zednik,

Hope you make a swift recovery and that we see you back on the ice soon. You are in our prayers.

Scott - Rochester, New York
We emember you as a Washington Capital as we lived in VA for many years. We just saw you play two weeks ago against Vancouver and it was great to see a "familar face" Our thoughts and prayers go out to you for a speedy recovery.

Stan,Doris, Taryn, Jason & Erin Deno - Boynton Beach , Florida
Go Go Richard!!Get well soon!!

-your fan in Finland!

mika - Sukeva, Finland
Richard Zednick

It was heart-breaking to see the incident, I am glad you are OK now. Best wishes for speedy recovery.

Get well soon
Regards
Suresh - Toronto, Ontario
Get Well Soon!!! The medical staff in Buffalo are wonderful!!! Your in Great hands!!! Your in my thoughts and prayers!!! Get Better Zednik!!!!

jenn - niagara falls, New York
Dear Richard,

Best wishes for a speedy recovery and hopefully you will be back on your feet (and skates) soon.

Linda Keeping - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I am sure you will continue to show that hockey players are the toughest athletes in all of sports. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and i look forward to hearing more reports and updates on how you are doing.

GET WELL SOON RICHARD!!!!!!!!

Nick - Boston, Massachusetts
Our entire family sends our hope for a speedy recovery! get well soon we need you for that playoff run!!!
Marc - Weston, Florida
hi richard my prayers and thoughts go out to you and your wife jessica and daughter ella take care

cathy - lighthousepoint, Florida
Get Well Soon!!! The medical staff in Buffalo are wonderful!!! Your in Great hands!!! Your in my thoughts and prayers!!! Get Better Zednik!!!!

jenn - niagara falls, New York
Dear Richard,
I wish you quickly recovery.It was horrible that I see,I am from Slovakia and if I heard that was a Slovak hockey player I was affraid.

Peter - Giraltovce, Slovakia
Hurry back...hope you're feeling well with little pain. Fans appreciate what you guys give us with your hard work,sacrifice and dedication bringing this product of NHL to us. Bless you and your family, Keith Lindsey and family.

Keith - San Antonio, Texas
GET WELL SOON!! We need you for the drive for the playoffs!!

Nick - Boca Raton, Florida
I hope you get well soon Richard, and get back to the team soon we gunna need you if we make the playoffs. =)

Louis - New Haven, Connecticut
We are thinking about you and wishing you a speedy recovery. Get well soon!

Andrea - Toronto, Ontario
Mr. Zednik,

It was a scary scene, in Buffalo. I've watched the replays over and over again and I think you are one of the most strongest person I've seen, to have the awareness to skate to the players bench rather than lie on the ice and wait for the trainer. My thoughts and prayers are with you on a FULL recovery.

Terrance Sylvestre - Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan Canada

Hey Richard!

Loved watching you when you were a Washington Capital. Was watching teh game when you got hurt. Very scary. Really glad you're going to be ok!

Come back to Washington!
Sven - Warrenton, Virgina
Richard,

Get well soon. I was at the game and I really admire your strength and determination to get yourself to your training staff. You displayed a lot of smarts and courage. I truly hope you make a full recovery and can get back to doing whatever you enjoy doing.

Best Wishes.
Jeremy - Buffalo, New York
Sir !!

I am very glad to read that everything seems to work out fine after your very scary accident. There are millions of hockey fans all over the world that thinks of you and hope that you after the circumstances are feeling well. Now you focus on getting well again, after that i hope i will have the opportunity to enjoy your skills in the game of hockey again.

Best wishes of a quick recovery
a Panthers and hockey fan in Sweden
Martin - Kalmar, Sweden
Richard:
It's times like this that we put things in perspective and recognize that hockey is just a game, albeit an occupation for your and your peers.

Together with your peers my wish is for a full and speedy recovery. Get well soon.

Gord Bell and family - Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Hey Zed:I remember acouple of years ago when you took a hell of a hit (cheap shot) from McClaren (Bruins) and you bounced back from that, so you'll bounce back from this. Check out what Tomas Plecanek (Habs) wears to protect his neck...as you now know it's a good idea. Wish you were still a Hab...maybe someday. Glad your on the road to recovery.

Best wishes,
RANDY - Straffordville, Canada
hang in there richard... i must say - you are one tough dude. first you got knocked out against boston a few years back and now this. hope u get back on the ice soon - i've been spreading the word about you. my friends run a website in which they do a weekly show about the "week in review". i tried to get them to send a "get well soon" message for you on there - check it out later today if you feel up to it... im sure you're gettin a lot of messages - get well soon

bob - dyer, Indiana
May you and your family be surrounded by love and healing energy as you recover quickly from such a "freak" accident. May you take this opportunity to remember how lucky you are everyday to be ALIVE and play the best game on earth!!!! AND... May you fan on every one-timer against the Vancouver Canucks!!!! Blessings!

Bryce - Vancouver, B.C
Richard -
I'm not a praying person, but I do thank god that he answered me last night. You have tremendous courage and resiliance.

It has been a pleasure to have you as an addition to the team. I do look forward to your return, hopefully to the ice, but definitly to SFLA.

Glen Lerner - Coral Springs, Florida
Season Seat Holder

Richard,

I am a huge Montreal Canadiens fan and was disappointed to see you leave Montreal. I have a lot of memories of you in Montreal, especially in the playoffs. However, I have always continued to follow your career. I want to wish you a full and speedy recovery. Our hearts go out to you and your family during this time and our thoughts are with you. We wish you all the best.

Get well soon.
Allan - Ottawa, Ottawa
Although I am a Bruin's fan, I am sending good wishes for Richard Zednik! I hope all goes well and recovery is swift...I saw the clip on the internet and was impressed that Richard skated to the bench himself! How Amazing! He probably saved his own life! We will see you at the Boston Garden next game Richard! Sincerly,

Janet & William Rousseau - Exeter, New Hampshire
I sincerely appreciate you and your family and your dedication, i wish you a quick and speedy recovery. get well soon brother.

scott - peterborough,Canada
Best wishes on a full and speedy recovery.

Dan - Strasburg, Colorado
Get well soon Richard.

Our thought are with you.

Andrew - Calgary, Alberta
I heard about the injury by way of ESPN, and I was immediately concerned. It is a blessing that you are alright. I've never really followed the Panthers, but now I'll be sure to root for you. My parents and my brother wish you a sound recovery. Get well soon!

Cheyenne - Stonyford, California
Well it is so great to here that everything is going to be ok I just want you to know that you and your family are in the prayers of penguins fans in da burgh

Joseph - Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
My families prayers are with you. We wish you a speedy recovery and a quck return to the ice.

Brian Londry - Toronto Canada

Get well soon and take your time. The BAC crowd will root on your mates while you recuperate. Hope to see you on your feet in Sunrise soon!

drscruf - Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Get well from Norfolk Admirals fans and Chicago Blackhawks fans everywhere- what a terrible incident, and I'm glad to see that you're recovering.

Melissa - Norfolk, Virgina
Dear Richard,
I would like to express my deepest sympathy and to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. After witnessing last night's incident, it's apparent that there are greater things in life than hockey. Get well soon!

Joe - Buffalo, New York US
Mr. Zednik,

On behalf of the Buffalo Sabres and the hockey fans of Buffalo and Western New York as the entire hockey world, I want to wish you all of our best for a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers go out to not only to yourself, but to your family and friends as well as they continue to keep the faith and continue to provide you with love and support. I hope to see you once again in a Florida Panther's uniform as your recovery and rehabilitation, will be a wonderful and uplifting reminder of the spirit that follows you as a professional hockey player that represents the NHL! Take care and May God bless you.

Sincerely,
Joseph A. Tenebruso - Buffalo, New York
Hi Richard,

We wish to you quick recovery!

Rastislav Renata and Samuel Sikrovci - Trhoviste, Other Slovakia
Get well soon Richard! Your courage and strength are an inspiration to us all!

Jennifer - Nanaimo, Canada
I am ten years old and I like hockey. I hope you recover soon and are able to play hockey. I like the Florida Panthers, they are a good team and they are even better when you are playing. Get well soon and come back to the panthers.
A fan,
Emily DiMaria - Rochester, New York
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. May you have a full and speedy recovery.

Melissa - Murfreesboro, Tenessee
Mr. Zednik,

I am glad that you are ok. May G-D be with you and your family G-D Bless

Wyatt - Boca Raton, Florida
Being involved in Profesional Rodeo, i've seen many nasty wrecks.. have to say what happened to you, ranks right up there. you and your family are in my prayers and im praying for a quick and full recovery .. you've been playing great as of late. you all truely deserve to lift the cup this year

God Bless
Mike - Sunrise, Florida
Still remember fondly the time you played for my team - the Montreal Canadiens - and wish you still were on that team. Regardless, I was shocked and saddened to read about the unfortunate accident and wish you a complete and speedy recovery. All the best Richard, you still have many games to play so I hope you get well soon.
Peter Langer - Port Rowan, Ontario
I agrre with Jokinen they shoyld have stopped the game. How can a team focus after something like that. All the best Zednik.

Blair - yellowknife, Canada
To R.Zednik
I wish u all the best in your recovery and hope u can play soon.Thank god u are still with us I`m sure you were in good hands thats why u are still alive.
Best wishes to u and your family as i pray for u everyday until u are fully recovered.

YOURS TRULY BILL STEWART - SIMCOE, ONTARIO
Mr. Zednik,

My family and I wish you the best, and a quick recovery.

John - West Yellowstone, Montana
hope your doing better hang in there

joe - cohasset, Minnesota
I wish you all the best. I hope you have a very speedy recovery. We are all relieved you are recovering nicely. You and your family are in our prayers! Get well soon!!

Amber - Murfreesboro, Tenessee
Hey Richard,
My thoughts are with you and your family after this frightening ordeal. You're a heckuva hockey player and all hockey fans look forward to seeing you back on the ice real soon.

Rest up and take care,
Alberto - Richmond, BC, Canada
Dude!
I'm so glad your alive.
I freaked when I seen what happened.
I hope for all the best in your recovery.
I will say a prayer for you.
Take care of yourself.

James - Detroit, Michigan
Hi Richard: I just read about your accident. Please accept our wishes for a speedy and healthy recovery. All the best to you, your wife and family. From Canada with love -

The Hanson Family. - Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan
Hope you're feeling better really soon :)

Rhiana - South Harbour, Cape Breton, Canada
My wife and I were watching sports news and saw your injury. We were shocked and upset. However, we were very impressed with your composure under the circumstances, your own action saved your life. We were so glad to hear you were recovering after surgery.

We just wanted you to know we are pulling for you and your family. We are sending you positive energy to help with a speedy recovery.

Steve and Michelle McGrath - Calgary, Alberta
Richard,
We are so thankful that you are recovering. There was no sleep in our house last night as we kept our thoughts and prayers for you and your family going until daylight broke.

You remain in our hearts and prayers. Please know that you are loved and appreciated. You and your family are what is important, so take the time to recover fully and appreciate every second of this second chance you have been given to tend to what is important in life.

We hope to see you soon from our season seats - even if it is only ejoying the game from the sideline like we do. We will love you just as much as that "seventh man in the stand" so don't rush it. The team will miss your great skills while you recover, but just knowing that you are on your way to recovery will provide a pillar of strenght for all of us.

Take care, we love you!
Pat and Bryce - Jupiter, Florida
Just a Caps fan hoping to see you play us soon. Get well soon.

Tim - Frederick, Maryland
HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER. I SAW THE NEWS LAST NIGHT AND WAS HORRIFIED WHEN I SAW WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU. YOU ARE A BRAVE YOUNG MAN.
WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS.

JUNE HAWKINS - PRESCOTT VALLEY, Arizona
Hey Richard,
Last night was so scary, im still in shock that it happened to you of all people. As one of your biggest fans I wanted to send my best wishes for your speedy recovery. You are an amazing hockey player and I've had the privilege of seeing you play in person many times. You truly have an amazing ability to produce results again and again and this will be greatly missed until you return to the ice, which will hopefully be pretty soon.

Get well soon Zeddy!
Casey - Sterling, Virgina
Hi Richard,

I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope that you get better soon and hope that you will be back on the ice doing what you love soon!!!

Get Well Soon
Best Wishes
Jennifer - Davison, Michigan
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I cannot believe you had the foresight to get up and skate to the bench after such a dramatic injury. Hope to see you practicing at Incredible Ice real soon. This makes all of us who are so passionate about hockey realize that it is just a game and there are so many things that are way more important like family and life.

Liz - Boca Raton, Florida
Good morning Richard--

I heard about your unfortunate incident only this morning and I'd like to pass my best wishes for a speedy recovery on to you.

I remember this happening to Rene Bourque a few years back. The fact that it doesn't happen more often is nothing short of a miracle.

I want to extend to you the same offer I made to Mr. Bourque. I've been making gel based protective gear for the past nine years and I was told that when you were with the Capitals you used my product--gel Lace-Bite Pads. A similar gel is used as a collar to protect necks from the very thing you had happen to you last night.

I hope whomever is reading your emails to you points this one out. These gel based collars do not hamper one's ability to move one's head or impair in any way. To see some samples of what we do, go to www.maltesehockey.com. I would have called your trainer/equipment guy, but that kind of info never gets to the player.

Good luck to you and the rest of your hockey brothers.

Philip Maltese - Sewell, New Jersey
Maltese Hockey

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery for you. You're in my thoughts and prayers. =)

Melinda - Murfreesboro, Tenessee
Get well soon Richard

Andrea - Los Angeles, California
Zed Heads in D.C wish you a speedy recovery! Glad your OK.

Michael - Washington D.C
Richard,
Glad to hear you've stabilized. Hope to see you on the ice soon. The positive to this is that we'll have zero tolerance for our kids lack of protective hockey gear. Hope to see you on the ice soon.

Tony - Boca Raton, Florida
Richard,

My family and I send you our warmest regards and our sincerest wishes that you recover quickly and completely, and to let you know that nothing would make us feel better than to see you on the ice helping the Panthers again very soon.

We may not be Panther fans, but we are fans of the game of hockey, and we are certainly behind you at this time.

Again, all our best to you.

Steve, Melisa, Gabriel, Piper, and Veronica Hubbard - Eagan, Minnesota
Hello Mr Zednik,

I hope you are doing well - and getting even better.

Cheers,
Aki - Vantaa, Finland
My prayers are with you and your family.

Theresa - Casper, Wyoming
Get Well Soon, Richard. Even though you are a Panther now, you were always one of my favorite Caps.

Alison - Baltimore, Maryland
Hey Z, very sorry about what happened. My daughter and I are Native American and were at the Pow wow at the Hollywood Hard Rock when my mom called me to tell me that you were hurt. We had some prayers said for you and did a special dance. I really hope you have a speedy recovery-- hope to have you back on the ice!!
We will continue to pray for you and your family. We have a gift for you from the pow wow (that we used in your prayer)- hopefully we will be able to get it to you sometime.
Best wishes!

Kim Cunningham - Sunrise, Florida
Richard

I'd like to wish you a speedy recovery and best wishes to you and your family. Must be an incredibly frightening experience and what you've been through, I can't even imagine. It's those moments that remind us how precious life, family and love is.

Looking forward to seeing you on the ice again, even if you will be scoring against my team!

God bless & be well!

Sincerely
Laura I. Wirth - East Windsor, CT

I just wanted to wish Richard the best of luck on getting better.. i was there that night when it happened. Get better! :)!

Shannon - Buffalo, New York
You're a true warrior! Get well soon! Look forward to seeing you back on the ice!

Eric - Calgary, Alberta
Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Joe - Chicago, Illinois
RIchard,
Hope you get better. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Max Pelzner

Max - Belmont, California
Get well soon Richard! Can't wait to see you back on the ice.

B - Dauphin, Canada
My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. Hope to see you back on the ice soon!

Joe - Nashville, Tennessee
I hope you have a speedy recovery. All of buffalos thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tyler - Buffalo, New York
Dear Richard, I was very shocked when a friend emailed me about your injury. I was on the internet for several hours to find out as much as I could. I care about you and I am so thankful that you survived. I read that your wife was coming up from Florida in a chartered jet last night. That's good.
Other Portland fans are concerned about you so I will tell them how to e-mail you. There is a banner with your picture on it hanging in the lobby of the Memorial Colliseum. I will send you a picture of it.
You know me. I pray alot. Well, I have prayed for you for many years and I will keep on for you and Jessica and Elle.
God bless you, Love,

Phyllis Packard - Gladstone, Oregon
Hi Richard,

Glad you're ok. Its always scary to see those kind of accident. Take care and I wish you a speedy recovery.

Pierre - Montreal, Quebec
Get well soon Mr. Zednick. Hope you are feeling better. Hope to see u on the ice soon!

Brendan & Camden - Glens Falls, New York
Dear Richard

I hope you have a full, safe and quick recovery. It was a pleasure to watch you snipe 3 goals against Toronto last week. That was a sweet hat-trick! You put home some beauties that night! I am a Habs fan. You were my favorite player for them when you played there. I still love watching you play with the Florida Panthers. My thoughts and prayers are with you! I'm sure every hockey fan who has witnessed this unfortunate incident are thinking about you as well. Get well soon! Sincerely, Your fan....

Wes Vaillant - London, Ontario
Richard,

I wish you nothing but the best of care and a speedy recovery. The thoughts and prayers of I and my family were with you when the incident occured, as we watched from our home. I couldn't stop thinking about not only your health, but your family. God bless Richard, I can't wait to see you back on the ice.

Sincerely,
Corey Simon - Buffalo, New York
Richard
I would like to send my best and a prayer your way for your recovery. Take care and hope to see you back on the ice again

Best wishes
Mike Cody - Phoenix, Arizona
Make sure to get well soon Zed!! All of the fans here in South Florida and around the league are pulling for you.

GO ZED GO!!

Kevin - Pompano Beach, Florida
Z,

I hope you have a speedy recovery. Thoughts and prayers with you brother.

Salman - Moorestown, New Jersey
How horrible, but I'm sure the fact that you kept your calm and skated to the bench saved your life. I sincerely hope you will be back playing soon (even though it will be against my team). I wish you all the best and a complete recovery, physically and mentally.

Joan - Vancouver, British Columbia
Richard,

I wanted to send you well wishes after last nights terrible accident. My family and I were watching the game on television when it happened. Please get well soon and know that the people of Western NY are all hoping for a complete recovery for you.

We look forward to your return to Buffalo so that we may give you a rousing cheer of support!

Love,
Kevin, Rose, Evan, Jacob, Justin and Carol Kumpf - Buffalo, New York
Hope you not only make a full recovery, but can see you on the ice again. Get well soon.

ERNST - MENLO PARK, California
DEAR RICHARD,
GET BETTER SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND DON'T FORGET YOU GOT A SECOND CHANCE LIVE LIFE HOW YOU WANT TO AND TO ITS FULLEST!!!!!!

NICOLE - EAST MEADOW, New York
M. Zednik,

I was and still am a big fan of yours. When you were in Montreal I trully enjoyed watching you play for our "Habs". I saw what happened and want to tell you that my prayers and those of my wife and little girl are with you and your familly. Please take the time you will need to recover from this unfortunate accident and return as the Richard Zednik we used to know.

A Habs fan that still has his Richard Zednik bobble head.
Take care and get well,
From
David, Suzie and Eliza - Montreal, Quebec
Best wishes from Croatia.

Get well soon, Richard.

Kreso (Corto) - Zagreb, Croatia
All the best for a speedy recovery. God bless.

Gordon - Cole Harbour, Canada
Best wishes for a complete recovery. Enjoyed watching you as a Hab.

The Labrie family - Gatineau, Canada
I have been a hockey fan since the 50"s and have been a season ticket holder to the Panthers since the second season. I want to extend my best wishes for a speady recovery. We will miss you in the lineup so get back soon.

We must also say "job well done" to the Panther and the Buffalo medical staffs for the incredable job they did.

Best wishes to you and your family.

Jack Tarmey - Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Wishing you a very speedy recovery so you can get back on this ice asap. best of wishes

Tom - Nazareth, Pennsylvania
I hope you get well, I hope you can return soon.

michael - port saint lucie , Florida
As a longtime Sabres fan who has laced up the skates from time to time, I want to wish Richard all the best and pray for a speedy recovery. This is the type of accident that one rarely sees in the great game of hockey or any other sporting event. It makes everyone quickly forget which teams are in what place and who's leading the scoring races. It makes us realize that the players are human beings with family like the rest of us. Thank you for the privilidge of watching you and the other great atheletes who play for the love of the sport and for the entertainment of the fans. Get well soon and I hope to see you back on the ice.

T - Charlotte, North Carolina
Richard,
After seeing this horrific moment on television, I was compelled to send this. As a former women's hockey player, I was really scared to see this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your recovery. (Just incase you wondered from my e-mail address...I am not a Pens fan anymore, just a Jagr fan)
I wish you the best and hope you make a speedy recovery! Next time you see your team mate, tell him he needs to stop sharpening his blades so much! This is hockey, not ninja fighting!!
Get well!!

Sincerely,
Paula Bonnin - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Wow, good on you for having the presence of mind (or instinct) to cover up and get to the bench as quickly as possible. Reports now are that you are "stable", so I can just hope that all continues to go well. For something like this hockey becomes very unimportant, but I will just say that I am a life long Habs fan and can say that you are a true gentleman of the game...best of luck to you and yours!!!

Jeff - Ottawa, Ontario
Just wanted to say get well soon Richard. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. The people over at Buffalo General are fine people and will take good care of you.

John - Tonawanda, New York
As a fan my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dean - Calgary, Alberta
Hey, I saw the horrible accident and I feel sorry. I hope you get well soon.

Georg R - Tallinn, Estonia
As a fan of another team, I usually do not bother to pay attention to what else is happening around the league. When I saw what had happened, though, I quickly became aware that sometimes the game just doesn't matter. We often complain that this player isn't tough enough, or that player should go into the corner more but last night's accident shows how dangerous a game hockey is and how, in an instant, things can change. The thoughts and prayers from myself and my family go out to Mr. Zednik and we hope for his quick recovery. Get back soon.

steve - Thorold, Canada
Richard,

You are a brave person to have been able to get up and go to the bench so quickly!!!! We hope that you are resting well, and we hope that we can see you back on the ice!!!

God Bless You

Take Care
Crystal Manuel - Edmonton, Alberta
hey buddy,
hope all is well,hope you have a speedy recovery and i wish you and yer family well. i heard about the news this morning and i really hope this isnt career ending for you. ill keep you in my prayers. ill beat up that buffalo guy for yah if you want. take care of yer self and ill talk to you soon.

love,
chuck - valrico, Florida
Richard,
Hope you are feeling better soon and up and about. I wish you well and many prayers. Am very Thankful you were taken care of as fast as you were and that you are recovering.

I hope to watch you out on the ice, you are a player I do like to watch. Please take care and take your time getting back, your health and family are more important than anything at all.

Again, Take care and much health to you and your family,
Pattie Meade - Pinellas Park, Florida
Brave guy! Get well soon.

Siva - Toronto, Ontario
Richard,

I just wanted to wish you well, I was at the game and while it was scary for my kids [4 & 7] it gave me a chance to explain what true courage and calm under pressure. I still can't believe how you skated all the way to your bench. Both I and my kids want to wish you well and hope that you will be playing hockey again as soon as possible.

Best wishes,
Mark Natemeier - Buffalo, NY

Dear Zeddy-
Saw what happened last night in horror. It could have been so much worse. I'm so proud of you that you had the clarity of thought to skate to the bench. You've always been a stand-up player and a great roll model for kids. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank God that the right doctors were on hand, where they needed to be to keep this from being a worse tragedy than it already is.
By the way, I don't know if you've been told or not, but the fans at the rink last night were so respectful. Not a single person left the building. And when the message came over that you were okay, there was a standing ovation in your honor.
Take care of yourself, get well soon, and thanks for being such a great player and example.
Best wishes and God bless.
Gary - Dallas, Texas
Richard and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you from the Buffalo hockey community.

Stay strong!
James - Buffalo, New York
Get well soon, you are in our thoughts and prayers!

Steve - Davie, Florida
Richard, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and we hope you have a speedy recovery! I can't imagine what you felt when it happened, and I know it's going to be a lengthy recovery. I hope you are able to get back in the game as soon as you see fit. Take care, and please, get well soon!

Sincerely,
Valerie Garcia and son Matthew Garcia (14yoa and a hockey player) - Davenport, Iowa
To Richard Zednik:
Hoping you return very soon. You showed a tremendous amount of courage and class after your injury. As a Capitals fan, I have fond memories of your play in Washington, and my whole family wishes you a speedy recovery. Our best wishes to your family; we hope you and your family stay strong throughout this trying time.

gretchen - Burke, Pennsylvania
I wish you good luck with your recovery! I hope you’ll be okay soon!

Phil - Montréal, Quebec
Hey Richard,

I was pretty good fan of your style of hockey when you were with the N.Y. Islanders.. I know it wasn't a long stay there but.. I just want to wish you a quick recovery. Let's hope you make it back out to the ice soon and maybe we can see back in Uniondale, NY @ the Coliseum... Take care man

Sicerely,
Michael Knowles - Lindenhurst, New York
WISHING YOU A SPEEDY RECOVERY. HOPE TO SEE YOU BACK REAL SOON.

David - Plantation, Florida
Richard,
Our good wishes and prayers are with you and your family for a full and speedy recovery from your injury and operation. Hope to see on back on the ice in full form soon but first and foremost our wishes are for a full recovery and for you to be back home with your family.
Loved you in Montreal and continue to follow your career
with interest and best wishes.
God bless.
Habs fans,
Ray, Cindy, and Mark Paradis - Montreal, Quebec
Dear Richard,

I didn't see what happened to you live yesterday, but word travelled very quickly. I play men's league hockey in Raleigh on Sunday nights, and some of my teammates are from Buffalo, so I heard about your accident in the locker room before I went out to play. Everyone in our locker room was happy to hear that you received swift medical attention and that your condition stabilized quickly after you were cut by Olli's skate.

Anyway, on behalf of the Fox and Hound B league RAHL team, we wish you a complete and speedy recovery. We hope to see you playing again soon!

Best wishes,
Dave - Cary, North Carolina
Hi Richard I've see your accident.It's horrible what's you arived I think of you a lot and I hope from the bottom of my heart that you recover as quickly as possible...
Good luck from Switzerland

P.S Sory for my bad english... ;-)

Philippe Balmat - Fribourg, Switzerland
Richard, we are sure that everything will be all right! Wish you to be healthy and happy! We support you!

Yours faithfully,
Ilya Shpak - Mytischi, Russia
Dear Richard, Our thoughts are with you and your family! Hope you have a speedy recovery and are back on the ice real soon!!

Joy&Al - Barnegat, New Jersey
My prayers go out to you and your family , Get well, the team needs you to put somemore pucks in the net . best wishes

Richard - Boca Raton, Florida
I am very sorry to see and hear what happened. That was such a horrific accident. My best wishes to a fast and full recovery.

Ryan - Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
best wishes to you and to your family
from Montreal

chris - Montreal, Quebec
I grew up in Buffalo and have been a fan and a player my whole life of hockey. I was watching the game and saw what happened, I'm not religous but I prayed and am so happy to see that your doing well. Buffalo was silent for you and gave the news that you were stable and going to the hospital a standing ovation. Your accident shows the good in people that even though you were on the opposing team, everyone wished you well. As a 17 year-old goalie just coming home from a game to watch that, I could really connect and feel the pain and sorrow. I wish you the best of luck, a speedy and healthy recovery and hope to see you playing again soon.

Sincerely,
Alex - Jacksonville, Florida
As a fan I appreciate the hard work and inherent risk that goes into the game. I hope you get better soon and that your family can feel some sense of comfort in this time. Thank you and feel better.

Laura - Anaheim, California
Dear Richard, I am very relieved to hear that you are on your way to recovery after such a terrifying event. As a Montreal Canadiens fan, i am familiar with your agressive offensive play and toughness. I thought the forearm delivered by Kyle McLaren a few years ago in the playoffs was bad, but this is even worse. The important thing is that you are safe and that your family and friends are there to support you. I hope you that you are feeling better and know that there are many many fans pulling for you. All the best in the future, both professionally and with your family.

Jordan Simpson - Kingston, Canada
Dear Richard and family,

Our family is lifting you up in prayers. God will heal you. His angels were watching over you last night.
We pray for your quick recovery and blanket you and your family in prayer at this difficult time. Richard, you and the the team are OUR team and we love all of you. We also send prayers for your teamate Olli. May he feel the peace of God for this unforseen event.

Your fans, John, Grace, Brandon, Jade, Hunter, Savannah and Reed Galarneau - Clewiston, Florida
Hi, I've been a fan of yours since you played in Montreal and just wanted to let you know that my friends and I hope you're ok and that you'll be back on the ice soon. Things like this shouldn't happen in hockey, but hopefully your accident happened for a reason and measures will be put in place to prevent it from happening to someone else. I respect the way you handled yourself and hope you keep your spirits up while recovering.

Best wishes from Calgary, Canada!

-Patrick Cloutier - Calgary, Alberta
Richard, all our prayers and best wishes for your recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bill - Montreal, Quebec
Zed,
My wife and I are season ticket holders for the Panthers. We were both shocked and saddened by your accident. We wish you a speedy recovery, and a heartfelt thanks for your contributions to the Panthers this season.

Murphy and Vanessa Burch - Cooper City , Florida
Sec. 118 Row 16 Seats 3-4

Dear Richard,

I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and teammates for a speedy recovery. I have been a Habs fan for many years and I remember the hard work that you gave to the Canadiens during your time with them.

Again, get well soon and may you soon be back with your teammates on the ice.

Michele - Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

Richard,

Best Wishes from all of the Los Angeles Kings fans on LetsGoKings.com.

Take care of yourself and get back on the ice ASAP!

Take Care,
Rink Rat - Long Beach, California
My sincerest wishes for a quick and healthy recovery. I remember and appreciate your time with the Washington Capitals. You are a passionate player, and always fight for your team. As a member of the hockey community, your tramatic injury has really touched my soul and I look forward to seeing you back in competition in the South East Divison!

Felicia - Fairfax, Virgina USA
Richard,
I was at the game on Sunday night. I hope you feel better and will be praying for you.

Noah - East Aurora, New York
Get well Richard,

My thoughts and prayers are with you making a full recovery.

Patricia - Vancouver, British Columbia
Your in our thoughts and prayers. Hope to see you back on the ice soon.

Best Regards
Martin County Cobras Youth Hockey League
Lyn - Stuart, Florida
I hope you have a speedy recover. We'll be looking forward to seeing you back!

Frank - Mississauga, Canada
Get well soon.

Chris - Atlanta, Georgia
Being a hockey (Ranger) fan for 30 years it took all of my strength not to cry when I saw this. Thank God for the wonderful medical staff on BOTH teams! My family and I wish you nothing but the best and hope to see you back on the ice soon!

Gina - Summerville, SC, South Carolina
Dear Mr. Zednick & Family,
We were watching the game (as usual) when suddenly the world went crazy. We couldn't beleive what we were seeing. My 16 year old daughter was crying... You were so very brave. Much love is coming from our household to yours. We wish you, you wife and daughter strength, peace, and full recovery.

The Larsen Family
Eric, Patricia & Erika - boca raton, Florida
First off, that was absolutely brilliant thinking to skate directly to the bench while you still could, you probably saved your own life. If I'm ever involved in such an emergency situation, I hope I have the presence of mind to act as quickly and intelligently as you.

Anyway, I just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery both physically AND mentally. I sincerely hope you make it back to the ice and don't let this incident mess with your head (though that is easily understandable). Look at it this way, the odds of that happening were probably a million to one, now what do you think the odds are of that happening again to the same person?! That's right, it's damn near impossible! Anyway, get better and I look forward to seeing you out on the ice again soon.

Best wishes to you and the family from the Valley of the Sun.
Jeremy - Phoenix, Arizona
Hope all is well. Many prayers are with you. Hope your famile is ok. We hope to see you on the ice as soon as possible.

Alex - Atlanta, Georgia
You were always a favorite of me and my family (wife and three kids) during your days with the Caps. We wish you a speedy recovery and hope to be able to cheer you on at Verizon Center on April 5.

Arthur - Arlington, Virgina
Get well soon Richard. I have the utmost repect for you and all NHL players....you are truly a rare breed. I hope to see you flying down the wing soon.

Tom - Springfield, New Jersey
Although I'm a Flyers fan, I'm a hockey fan first and foremost. And, as a hockey fan, I have great respect for the warriors in the league and for the sacrifices they make for their teams, each other, and the fans.

Therefore, I am praying for Richard's speedy recovery and want to thank him for playing the game how it should be played. Its frightening to see a player get injured like this, but thankfully injuries like this are rare.

Get well soon and get back on the ice!

Jordan Wolk - Atlanta, Georgia
Me and all the fans of the Boston Bruins wish you the best of luck during your recovery, and get well soon!

Dave - Marshfield, Massachusetts
I,M GLAD TO HEAR YOUR DOING WELL RICHARD . GET WELL SOON

JED - HARBOUR GRACE, NEWFOUNDLAND
RICHARD
I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT MY FAMILY AND I ARE KEEPING YOU IN OUR PRAYERS AND HOPE TO SEE YOU BACK ON THE ICE AS SOON AS YOU CAN.
I HAVE FOUR KIDS THE PLAY THIS GREAT SPORT AND I HAVE NOT REQUIRED THEM TO WEAR NECK GUARDS. THIS WEEKEND THEY ALL HAVE TOURNAMENT GAMES AND I AM THINKING ABOUT MAKING THEM WEAR NECK GUARDS.
GET WELL SOON!

MIKE - WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania USA
Keep it up Richard!!!! I hope you gonna recovered well!!! We are all you body!! Your health is much more important than be back in the lineup! Give us news soon!!!

Dominic - Montreal, Quebec
Richard -

I am ecstatic to learn that you are going to be ok. It was shocking to see you get injured like that. Brought back memories of the Clint Malarchuck injury back in '89

God's speed in your recovery. My prayers and best wishes are with you.

Bert Wilkie - Buffalo, New York
Buffalo Sabres Fan

To Richard Zednik and Family

All your years spent in Montreal have left behind many mnay fans who always pulled and cheered for you. Now we keep pulling and cheering for you - but not for hockey - but for getting better and stronger day by day. Keep your spirits high Zed your fans from montreal and all over the world have you in their prayers & thoughts!

enio - montreal, quebec
Get well soon. An injury like this makes us all realize how precious life really is and that hockey is just a game. You will be back on the ice soon.

Sheila - Arlington, Texas
tough one dude, sorry to hear about it. glad to hear you're doing okay though. hope to see you back soon!

Branden - Winnipeg, Canada
There are so many of here in Buffalo who will keep Richard and his Family in our prayers as he recovers from this tragic accident. Many of us are spending a good part of our day searching for updates and good news regarding your conditions - all signs so far remain optimistic.

The Sabres Fans and Families wish you a world of speedy recovery and prayerful peace.

Debbie - Buffalo, New York
You and your family are in my prayers. Many wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

Cheryl - Dallas, Texas
Richard,

Please be assurred you have the complete best wishes from all Sabre fans, and I am sure from all hockey fans. We pray for your complete and quick recovery, and return to the ice to assist the Panthers into the playoffs this year, and in the future.

Although I am a fan of the Sabres, being from that area, I am now in South Florida and wish only the best for the Panthers (except when they play Buffalo).

I wish you a speedy recovery and cannot wait to see you back in the lineup. Best of luck to you and your family.

Rick - Delray Beach, Florida
Hey Zed, lifelong Sabres fan here. You gave us all quite a scare - here's wishing you a speedy recovery. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Bryan - Deland, Florida USA
Richard and family, get well soon. All of the NHL fans are praying for your speedy return to the ice. May the good lord give you and your family the peace you deserve in your hearts.May the healing process begin.

Strength to you and your family!!

Alan C Hinman Jr and Family - San Jose, California
Hey, Rich. I saw what happened, and I don't need to tell you that it was a horrific sight. You lived through it. NHL fans in Canada, and around the world are wishing you a healthy and speedy recovery.

God speed.
Joel - Toronto, Ontario
Richard,

Get well soon wishes to you...we are huge Panther fans and wish to see you on the ice again very soon!!

Karen & Glen Rose - Wellington, Florida US
get well soon,hope to see you on the ice soon

teddy - halifax, canada
Wish you well and get well soon...From a hockey fan in Hong Kong

Alfie - Hong Kong
When I saw your video I teared up. I couldn't believe what had just happened, I did not watch the game, but I had seen videos on youtube and nearly burst into tears.

I am so glad to hear that your surgery was successful and I am wishing you a speedy recovery, I would love to see you once again play in this game we all love.

Get really well soon Richard.

Danny Moorey. - Mount Forest, Ontario
Good luck with your recovery. I hope you and your family are doing alright

Caleb - Courtenay, British Columbia
Hey,

Just wanted to let you know that I think you are a warrior for going out there night after night and playing the sport you love so hard. Hope the surgery went well for you, and that you make a speedy recovery.

Maxx - Niagara Falls, New York
It's hard to express how I felt last night watching the game. It's amazing how all thoughts of winning and losing were lost in a second as I watched TV. My thoughts, prayers and concern for you and your family as well as your teammates literally kept me awake all night.....checking for an update on your condition. I am so thankful right now to find that you are going to be OK and your wife is with you. I can only imagine how an experience like yours can teach you to truly enjoy life.....I wish for you the shortest time possible to resume your career and everyday life.

Trisha - weston, Florida
May God Bless you and your family with a speedy recovery!

Scott - Buffalo, New York
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I am so thankful that your surgery was successful and that you are recovering well. Get well soon - the league and the fans need you back on the ice! :)

Jen - Ft Worth, Texas
best wishes for a quick recovery. God Bless.

Diana - Greenville, South Carolina
Richard,

I am thankful to hear the news that you are resting and recovering. I hope your recovery is speedy and we see you back real soon.

Best wishes to you and yours,
Jeffery - Fonthill, Canada
Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to you, Richard. You play the game the way I wish my team would. It is necessary for you to play again and soon. You and your family are in my thoughts. Even though you guys spanked my Leafs 8-0, allegiances aside, get well soon.

Andy - South Bend, Indiana
hey richard i hope u feel better my prayers are with you and hope to see you soon on the ice

bryan - pembroke pines, Florida
Get well soon Richard. You are one tough hockey player. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Sue - Norristown, Pennsylvania
Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to you, Richard. You play the game the way I wish my team would. It is necessary for you to play again and soon. You and your family are in my thoughts. Even though you guys spanked my Leafs 8-0, allegiances aside, get well soon.

Andy - South Bend, Indiana
I wish you and your family the best of luck and hope you get well.

Derrick - Flin Flon, Canada
As a fellow hockey player who has played for most of my life no one wants to see any major injury to a fellow player. I would like to wish you the best in your recovery and hope you get back on the ice soon. God Bless and get well!

Sincerly,
Joe Herb - Royal Palm Beach, Florida
Richard I wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. Even though I'm a Flyers fan I'm an even bigger hockey fan and hope that you come back to play soon for the Panthers. Your quick thinking was unbelievable, to know to get the bench as quickly under the circumstances you we're in. Because of your heroic actions I feel that in the future hockey players of all ages with similar injures will act the same way you did to help the outcome of their situation.

Michael - Cherry Hill, New Jersey
DEAR RICHARD,
OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR A FULL AND SPEEDY RECOVERY. WE HOPE YOU ARE BACK ON THE ICE VERY SOON, AS YOU ARE AND HAVE BEEN AN EXCITING PART OF THE PANTHERS TEAM THIS SEASON.
BEST REGARDS,
BILL & SUE LARMAN -QUECHEE, VERMONT

Richard,

Since coming to the Panthers, you have become my favorite player. I was horrified and devastated to see you injured last night on live television! Please know that I immediately began to pray for you and your family. I have remembered you often over the course of this day and will continue to lift you in prayer until you recover fully. Being a born-again Christian, I truly believe that prayer makes a difference! I thank the Lord that your life was spared. I thank Him for the skills of the doctors that helped get you through this situation. I pray for your wife and daughter that they might sense the Lord's peace during this time of fear and worry. I pray for a speedy recovery so that you can once again be a major contributor on the ice for the Panthers. And most of all, I pray that in some way, shape, or form, God would use this incident to draw you closer to Him. I pray that this event will cause you to seek Jesus, to make him your personal Savior (if you haven't already done so); I pray that this event will make a world of difference in your spiritual walk with God. May the Lord heal you quickly, and may your life be a true testimony to His love, grace, mercy, and comfort. I can't wait to see you skate again, Richard! Many blessings on you, your family, and all your teammates!

Sincerely,
Jeff Heck - Miami, Florida
Best wishes Richard. The entire Hockey community wishes you a speedy and full recovery!

Chris - Toronto, Ontario
Hi Richard!

Get well soon! You were on such a positive streak hockey wise, and we all want you to come back even better!

You are in our thoughts....

Lots of love from the westcoast,
Justin - Vancouver, British Columbia
Dear Richard,

Best wishes to you and to your family. I was watching last night when I saw the play and my heart began to race. I think all fans forgot about the score of the game and were just hoping you would be okay. You've been on quite a run of late and we can't wait to get you back in the lineup. Best wishes for a fast recovery. Go Cats!

Sincerely,

Jason S. Goodman - Parkland, Florida USA
Dear Richard,

I was watching the game on tv and I had seen the horrible accidnet and was really worried that something could have happened to you.. I hope that everything goes ok and that everyone will help you out with the you.. So happy that nothing bad had happened after that..

Sincerely a sbres fan..

GET WELL SOON RICHARD AND ALL GOES WELL

Debra` - Tonawanda, New York Buffalo
Saw the clip of the accident, didnt look great...

Hope you'll get well soon.
Best regards from Sweden

Jonas - Stockholm, Sweden
Richard,

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you have a complete recovery.

A huge thanks go out to the medical staff that was present.

God Bless,
Brian - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Richard:

All Leaf fans wish you the best and a speedy recovery.

Gerry - Toronto, Ontario
Hey Richard, I have been very worried when I saw on video what happened in the match against Buffalo. I think everybody feels with you right now. I hope you will recover soon and I wish you all the best.

You are a great hockey player!! and I hope to see you back in the line-up soon.
best wishes,

Martin - Loughborough, United Kingdom
Glad your alright, get well soon!! Stay tough

Geoff - Montreal, Quebec
Richard,

First of all, I'm so very glad that you are doing fine and I wish you & your family all the wishes in the world.

As a referee in minor hockey I am constantly concerned about the safety of all the players. The questions that go through your mind are; what would I do? How would I react?

I must say your reaction and smart thinking not only saved your life but has given everyone in the game (pros & minor hockey) that much more information and knowledge on what to do if that ever happened to them.

I happened to be at the game in Toronto when you recorded a hat trick. Quick recovery on getting back. Just one thing, no more hat tricks against my beloved Leafs.

Cheers.
Steve - Tottenham, Canada
aLL i COULD REMEMBER WAS cLINT mALARCHUK. I hope aND PRAY YOUR recovery matches his. our hearts and prayers are with you.

Bryan - Westboro, Massachusetts
Hey Richie! I was shocked when i saw you get hurt. I really hope you get better. As a fan of the Flyers i don't care much for the Panthers but all players are the same and without players like you there would be no NHL or the Flyers. You and your family will be in my prayers. As i said earlier get well and get back on the ice hastily.

Matthew - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Get well soon. I may be a die hard Hurricanes fan, but you and your family are in my thoughts and you have my best wishes.

Derek - Raleigh, North Carolina
I wish Richard well, I hope for a full speedy recovery. I hope that the ocncern and emotion currently being felt by fans and league officials produces a requirement for neck guards for all players. Thankfully we are sending these wishes and not condolences for the loss of a loved one. Let's hope that this unfortunate incident has a positive result for all players so that the fear and injury felt by Richard will not be lost in the fact that Panthers staff, doctors and the treating physicians saved a life that most likely would have been lost had this injury occurred any place other than at a professional sports venue. I look forward to seeing Richard's return to the ice.

Doug - Trenton, Ontario
Best of luck for a speedy recovery, both physically and mentally.

M - Kingston, Canada
Hey man!! Get well soon! We need you back playing healthy and well. Hang in there. We all have our fingers crossed for you!

Christy - Lake Worth, Florida
Dear Richard,

I was watching the Panthers game on Center Ice last night and was saddened to see what happened to you which was of course a terrible accident. I hope you have a very speedy recovery and tear up (goals/points) the league upon your return. From someone like me who is still playing hockey since five please return keep up the hard work that exeplifies how you play in the NHL.

Best regards,
Tom Chiarizia - Vienna, Virgina
Get well soon Richard, the fans and your team will keep you in our thoughts as you heal up.

Get better and keep your fantastic streak you have been on with scoring once you are well.

get well soon.

I look forward to again screaming "GO Z!".

A Panther fan that is concerned,

John Brickman - miami, Florida
The entire Hockey World is pulling for you and looking forward to seeing you skating with your teammates soon.

Ed - Dallas, Texas
As a Sabres fan I know very well how you can make a team pay for its mistakes. You have done that to the Sabres for years. With that out of the way I was at the game last night and would just like to say that I want nothing more then to see you back on the ice at HSBC arena and doing what you do best. I wish you a very speedy recovery and hope that you are back to your old self in no time.

Scott - Buffalo , New York
I am praying for you and your family, Richard. May God grant you a quick recovery so that you can get out there and continue your great season.

Isaiah 40:31 - But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.

Sincerely,
George - Vancouver, Other Canada
Just wishing you a fast recovery coming from a Flyers fan. Wanted to let you know that you have support from all over. Take care and get well so that you can continue living your dream and taking all of us fans to a place of pure enjoyment for 3 hours at a time.

Kevin - Orlando, Florida
Mr. Zednik,

You are in all of our prayers here in Buffalo. We hope that you will recieve a complete and full recovery. May God bless you and your entire family today and always.

Sincerely,
The Troiano Family - Buffalo, New York
Get well soon Richard, i pray that you are alright and my thoughts are with you and your family. I think your very talented hockey player and as a sabres fan, i am hoping to see you on the ice when we next play you. Good luck with everything.

Casey - Corfu, New York
Safe and speedy recovery!

I can only imagine what you must have felt at the time.

Best of luck!
Christina - Bettendorf, Iowa
Richard:
Get well soon. I'm a life long Toronto Maple Leafs fan that just wanted to say I hope you're back and playing against my team soon. I'd rather you not beat them 8-0 like you did last week but let the chips fall where they may. All the best to you and your family for a quick recovery.

Gary Pearson - Oakville, Canada
Dear Richard,

I was in shock when I saw what happened to you. I am happy to hear that you will be ok. I was a big fan of yours when you were on the Montreal Canadiens ! Still am don't worry ! I wish you a speedy recovery, all the best to you, your wife and family. You are a great hockey player and your determination will make you strong.

Sincerely Julie - Montreal,Qc

Get Well Richard! Buffalo is pulling for your swift return to the ice!

Chris - Buffalo, New York
Like all hockey fans and everyone that watched the game or replay I will like to say my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Your style of play is what the Panthers really need and what they should be all about.God Bless You and your family!

ricardo - boca raton, Florida
Hey,
im from montreal, and when you used to play here, you were one of my favorite players!
anyways, im glad to hear your doing better. i wish you all the best

Michael - Montreal, Quebec

I would just like to send my best wishes to richard and his family. I'm a big hockey fan and I had the chance to watch Richard play with my hometown team the islanders last year. I think he is a true professional and a very skilled player. I hope you have a speedy recovery and to be on the ice playing the game we all love.

Eric - East Rockaway, New York
I'm so glad to hear your surgery was successful. It doesn't matter what team you root for, we're all hockey fans and to watch a player experience something so horrific is absolutely devastating. Thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, and the entire Panthers organization as you all try and recover from this.

KIm - Boston, Massachusetts
I am glad to hear that you are ok. Get well soon and I am looking forward to seeing you back on the ice!

Saneel - Toronto, Ontario
Richard,

Glad to hear that you are doing better. Hope that you can return to hockey soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

The Stanton Family - Raleigh, North Carolina

Hey Richard,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope that you have a full and speedy recovery. As a fan of the game I love speed and energy you and team mates bring to the ice.

Get Well Soon.
Melissa - Brighton, Massachusetts USA
Dear Mr. Zednik

Our family still really misses you not being a Montreal Canadian. Their loss!!! We still follow your career and cheer you on. I hope this last terrible accident will not discourage you from coming back. We wish you a speedy and painless recovery. And congrats on such quick thinking-you're quite a guy!!!

Best Regards to you and your family
Barichello family - montreal, quebec
Hi Richard.

Scary accident! Happy to hear you`re after the surgery and stable. Slovakia is thinking about you. Hope to see you play for national team soon.

Get well soon.
xoxo Jana - Prague, Czech Republic
I'm so glad you are OK. All of Canada is looking forward to a speedy return for you.Go Leafs Go.

Andy - Orangeville, Canada
I was at the game and would hope that no one ever has to experience that. Hope to see you back on the ice all our thoughts are with you

Otto - Brockport, New York
Get well Richard! I'm relieved to hear you're ok. Very scary, but that's what hockey players can survive! You're a testament to the game's strength, and I can't wait to see you back on the ice.

Here's to seeing you play for years to come!

Eric - Chicago, Illinois
Richard,
A very scary incident to watch. My family and I wish you a speedy recovery. With a 10 year old playing hockey, I have decided to purchase a shirt with a built in neck protector. I think this will open alot of eyes. Get well soon and we hope to see you back on the ice very soon.

The Snook Family - Roebling, NJ

Hi Richard!Only now I saw what happened with you!It´s horrible!We wish you the best!

Anita - Velke Kapusany, Slovakia
Hey richard ,my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,hope you a full recovery and return to the ice soon becuase the game isn't the same with 1 of the best,Get well Richard,Sincerely..
Jonathan-Hamilton,Ontario

My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Mike - Brantford, Canada
Hi Richard,

Hope you are doing well. Get well soon and hope to see you playing again soon. My thoughts are with you, your family and your teammates during this time. GO PANTHERS!!

Take care,
Anne - Fredericton, Other Canada
My daughter and I are Pittsburgh Penguin fans--but today I think EVERYONE who has heard your story is a Richard Zedik fan.The prayers of so many people are with you and your family as you recover. Stay strong and God Bless.

nancy - johnstown, Pennsylvania
All the best to a speedy recovery to a guy who knows something about speedy. Hopes for a quick return to the game and no lasting effects. Kudos to the great poise under extreme conditions and a champion in your actions.

Duke - Brookfield, Canada
Hey Richard
Hope you get a full and speedy recovery, was horrified to see what happened.
See you back on the ice in no time!

Christian - Hull, United Kingdom
Reading that you're stabilized and resting after the surgery is an answer to my prayer. I began praying as soon as I saw your injury - I was watching live on NHL Center Ice.

Continued speedy recovery to you and God Bless you, your family and the Panthers as you recover from this. Hope to see you skating in a game in Atlanta again soon.

Oh, I guess you can tell I'm a Thrashers fan, but I'm really pulling for you on this one. At times like this, we're all one family.

Monte - Marietta, Georgia
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and wishing you a speedy recovery. You are truly an amazing man, it is incredible that you skated yourself to the bench. Thank God for the angels he sends to guide us.

The Vesce's- Tamarac, FL

Dear Richard & Jessica,
My heart goes out to you both right now during this difficult time. It is my prayer that Richard will recover quickly, and that God will give you both strength and peace. I wish you both the very best and look forward to when Richard is able to play again.

Sincerely,
Sheila Greenfield - Richardson, Texas
As a Montreal Canadiens fan, I can't forget about you Richard! I'll always remember your fire on the ice and how spectacular you were against our long time rival, the Bruins.

Yesterday, I couldn't sleep at all after what happened to you. In montreal, we all remember that you're a great person and we were all hoping that you would be fine.

Get well soon Richard!

Alex - Montreal, Quebec
Best of luck with the recovery!

John - New York, New York
Hey Richard, hope your recovery goes smoothly and you get back on the ice soon. Good luck to you and your family.

Jenessa - Saskatoon, Canada
Praying for a speedy recovery! May God give you and your family peace.

God bless you!

prayinghabsfansinmontreal - Montreal, Quebec
Get well soon Man!
Coskore uzdravenie!

Martin - Kosice, slovakia
Richard, in times like this, we are reminded what is truly important in life. My son, Mike, and I wanted to wish you a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lisa and Mike Schwann - Regina, Saskatchewan
I am so relieved to hear you are recovering. I had just finished playing in a game as goalie and saw you as i was walking off the rink, my pain was gone and i was hopeing i would see you play again. I hope you get well soon and get back too it as soon as possible, my familys thoughts and prayers are with you and hope you have a speedy recovery. From a Thrasher fan and hockey player.

Rick - Snellville, Georgia
Be strong Richard, all our thoughts are with you.
Take care.

Eric - Montreal, Quebec
Richard,

My son, who is 4 years old and a diehard Panthers fan started crying when he saw you getting hurt. He was really worried, as was I, and he kept asking "Dad, is Zednik going to be allright". I told him Richard is in a hospital and being taken care of by the doctors. He was still crying after the game when it was time to go to bed. It was very scary moment and we are very happy to hear you are doing better and recovering. Hopefully everything comes out allright and we will see you back in the best uniform in the entire nhl. We wish you and your family speedy recovery.

Jan and family - Lake Worth, Florida
Stay tough and get well soon!

Robert - Virginia Beach, Virgina
Wishing you a 100%speedy recovery so we can continue to enjoy watching you play hockey.Knowing that hockey is your passion we look forward toseeing you on the ice real soon.
Very glad to hear your going to be fine - as it was a very unfortunit injury.

Wishing you the very best.
robert - Naples, Florida
Dear Zedie,

Your a true warrior on & off the ice! I hope you make a speedy recovery and I look forward to seeing you continue that point streak you are on. I pray for you and I hope that this incident hasn't made you change your mind about the sport. You're fans need you and the game would never be without you! Though the incident keeps playing in my mind, I'm trying to move on and think of a better time when you return to the ice in full force! I know you will soon recover and will move on as well, being the trooper that you are! Jessica, please take care of Richie and make sure he returns to S. Fla where he is loved and needed!

Your loyal fan,
-Alex Shwartz - Miami, Florida
You went through one of the worst nightmares us hockey players around the world have ever thought about. The way you handled things in the most extreme of situations was just amazing. Good luck with the recovery and I hope you continue to play for years to come.

Andy - Ogunquit, Maine
Richard,
Just wanted to let you know that we are praying for your health and recovery. I know my fellow Hurricanes fans do the same. Get well.

Regards
Leo & Valerie Minervini - Raleigh, North Carolina
Richard -
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am a huge Sabres fan, and was watching the game. No one wants to see that happen to anyone. I am glad things are ok now. Get Better Soon and back on the ice!

Trixie - Rochester, New York

My husband called me and asked if I had seen any of the hockey websites yet today. When I told him, "no" his next sentence was, "Well, he's ok now but...". He knows how concerned I get when I hear about or see hockey players getting hurt.

I was relieved to hear you are now in stable condition. I hope you are on your way to a speedy recovery. Please know my thought are with you and your family.

Sincerely,
Adrienne Dolney - Westbury, New Mexico
To the Zednik Family, we would like to offer our deepest and most sincere prayers for peace and calm for you at this time. My wife and I were watching the game and seen what happened, my wife was in tears and I stood there stunned, we didn't say a word until it was announced that Richard was stabilized. I just wanted you know that your family is part of the Florida Panthers family (our) family, and as all families do, when a family member gets hurt we all worry and pray together. To the Zednik family I say, you have a massive family who are there for you in your time of need. God Bless and Keep You.

Your Extended Family Brother,
Wesley - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
We wish you the best, Richard! I am a Sabres fan, watched live from home in Ohio. I've seen the replay a dozen times, and i still flinch every time. All the Sabres fans wish you a speedy recovery!

Jeff - MT Vernon, Ohio
Richard Get Better Soon, The Team Needs You! Thank God Your OK & We Hope To See You Soon On The Ice!!

The Arnold Family - Loxahatchee, Florida
Even though I have not followed hockey in a while it is disturbing to think what happened to you. I'm glad that they were able to give you quick medical service and that you are on your way to a full recovery.

ed - bonita, California
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Get well soon!!!

Gerry - London, Canada
Richard, get well soon. All of us out here in the Anaheim area, and yes I am a season seat holder for the Ducks, wish you a speedy recovery, and hope to see you on the ice again really soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your familiy!!!

Get well soon!!!
Scott Williams - Anaheim, California
To the Zednik family and the Florida Panthers,

It is my hope and prayer that you and your family are well and have peace during this tragic time.

As an adult league amateur hockey player, its a very real scare and reality that something like this can happen.

Get well soon, and hope to see Richard on the ice again!

Michael J. - Woodbridge, VA

Godspeed,Zeddy. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

A Predators Fan
Pam - Nashville, Tenessee
Richard,

You scared us all - but thank you for having the presence of mind to rush to the bench. Get better quick and get back in the game so you guys can continue to beat Tampa (as a Flames fan, I am still bitter...)

All the best to you and yours,
Graeme - Calgary, Other Canada
Richard,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and your team mates. Can't wait until your return! The pack is not complete without all the cats. Go Panthers!!!!

wanza - conway, South Carolina
dear richard zednik,
my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family as you continue to make a successfull recovery from your injury. i hope that your health continues to improve. i've only been dallas stars fan for a long but but the florida panthers team is great team as well! Can't wait it see back on th ice soon get well soon.

rebecca - springtown, Texas
Our family is thinking of you and our prayers are with you. Wishing you a speedy recovery!!! From the Hockey Fans in North Bay, Ontario Canada

Lois - North Bay, Canada
I have been a BIG Fan of yours since you first played in the NHL with the Caps, and still to this day. Hell I still remember your first English words was Taco Bell. LoL

You and your family are in my prays. Get well soon!!! I can't wait to see you on the ice again.

Melissa - Glen Burnie, Maryland
Riso your friends in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, where you grew up are wishing you speedy recovery and come back to recuperate to the Europa Fitness Club.
Your friends:

Vlado Orszagh, Miso Mokos, Roman Svantner etc. - Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Dear Richard and family,
I was watching the game last night, at home with my 14 yr old daughter when the accident happened. I remember watching when Clint Malarchuk had a similar accident 19 years ago. We both kept saying under our breath, I hope he's okay, I hope he's okay. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a full recovery and the strength to get through it all. The game was secondary.

Chris - Buffalo, New York
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