Tuma Lucky Injury Didn’t End Career

By Kevin Oklobzija
Staff Writer
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Copyright 2007 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Martin Tuma was thinking he was a very unlucky person when his right wrist was sliced open by an opponent’s skate in Rochester Americans playoff game on Thursday. Tuma had been called up from the Florida Everblades on Thursday.

He found out after surgery that he was actually quite lucky.

The centimeter-deep gash came within an eyelash of slicing a nerve.

“If it hit the nerve, I couldn’t have played hockey again,” Tuma said this morning as the Rochester Americans held their end-of-year team meeting at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.

The Amerks were eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs on Saturday night with a 6-2 loss at Hamilton.

The night before, a surgeon spent four hours repairing seven severed tendons and a damaged artery in Tuma’s wrist. The major nerve was not damaged and Tuma said he was told to expect a full recovery.

“The doctor couldn’t tell me how close it was to the nerve, it was so close,” Tuma said. “He said it stopped just before the nerve.”

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