Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News caught up with the Zednik family before they left Buffalo and wrote a very good, detailed story. It's already being linked to by various news services, but thought everyone here would want to read the original. And I'm sure Bucky appreciates the hits.
Anyway, great news on the Zednik front, sure he's going to speak to the South Florida media soon. Sounds like he's doing great and is ready to get back to his normal life.
Here's the Buffalo News story: Richard Zednik A-OK
Obviously there has been some confusion about Richard's whereabouts. Yesterday, the Panthers told me he was expected to be released from the hospital and would likely fly home sometime today. Of course, when I was told that, Richard was already on a plane heading south. Just figured I needed to explain why my notebook read that Richard would be flying home Saturday, when, he was already there.
Richard put out another statement through the team on Saturday. Here it is:
“It is great to return home to South Florida. I would personally like to thank our head athletic trainer David Zenobi, Buffalo medical director Dr. Bisson, Buffalo General Hospital’s medical staff including Dr. Noor, Dr. Curl and Dr. McCormack all who acted quickly to ensure that I received the best care and treatment Additionally, my heart felt thanks goes out to the entire staff at Buffalo General Hospital, Mr. Alan Cohen and the entire Florida Panthers organization, the Buffalo Sabres organization, HSBC Arena personnel and the Buffalo community who made this challenging time in my life manageable for my wife, Jessica and I.”
“Words cannot express the sincere appreciation that I have for the outpouring of support that my family and I have received during this difficult time. I would like to thank my teammates, our fans, as well as hockey fans from around the world for their kind thoughts and words, which undoubtedly helped me persevere and recover from the incident that occurred last Sunday night. I would also like to express my gratitude for the overwhelming support and get well wishes that I received from everyone in my native country of Slovakia. I want everyone to know that I am recovering and feeling well and hope to return to the ice as soon as I feel medically fit.”