Mats (18) became paralyzed after a collision. Now the hockey...

Mats Hildisch (18) has shared a picture from the hospital bed. There he thanks for the support he has received after he suffered a permanent spinal cord injury in an ice hockey match.

Mats Hildisch suffered a serious injury after an ice hockey match. Photo: Finn Eriksen / Frisk Asker

Oct. 21 2020 21:17

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“As many of you know, I have suffered a serious injury. During a hockey match, I had a broken neck and an injury to the spinal cord. I am now being moved to a rehabilitation center on Monday, and am ready to work more than ever. I really appreciate all the supportive messages and you are golden to have in this situation. “

Frisk Asker player Mats Hildisch writes this in a post he has posted on the photo sharing service Instagram on Wednesday night.

The 18-year-old ice hockey player collided with the goal cage in a U21 match against Lørenskog on Saturday. Hildisch was operated on at Ullevål hospital on Sunday night. The young boy will stay there next week. He will then be transferred to Sunnaa’s hospital for rehabilitation.

Taken out of the U18 national team in January

Hildisch has trained with the A-team for Frisk Asker all year, says veteran Anders Bastiansen. Hildisch was selected for the U18 national team in January. The young talent was also in the squad for Frisk Asker for the elite league match against Vålerenga on October 8, but did not play.

– The whole team was very affected by what happened. We do not yet know exactly how serious it is, but it is bad. Terribly sad. A young boy who has a whole hockey career and a whole life ahead of him. Now he has to fight for completely new things. I am very hurt by him, the whole family and everyone who has to do with him, Bastiansen said on Monday.

He describes him as “a very talented back” Frisk Asker believed in. The 39-year-old has never experienced anything like this in ice hockey.

– It must have been maximum bad luck, he says about the teammate’s injury this weekend. It’s terribly sad and sad. You are characterized by the fact that things can happen quickly. You do not know what is coming and what you have next. Right now I am most sorry on his behalf, says Bastiansen.

Mats Hildisch in action for Frisk Asker. Photo: Finn Eriksen / Frisk Asker

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Many statements of support

On social media, a united Hockey Norway has expressed its support and sympathy for Hildisch and the family. Both clubs, teammates and opponents have shared a picture of Hildisch’s suit number, which is seven. Everyone has expressed their support for the young ice hockey player.

Greetings of good recovery also flowed in quickly after Hildisch on Wednesday night thanked for the support he has received since Saturday. During the first hour, more than 400 comments had been received.

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