Injured Minnesota Hockey Player Will Soon Return Home
PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — A 20-year-old hockey player who suffered a spinal cord injury during a game last month in Illinois is expected to return home to Minnesota in the next few weeks.
Matt Olson, a junior league defenseman with the Chicago Cougars, was hurt during a game Feb. 21 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. He received a rare adult stem cell treatment at a hospital in Park Ridge, where he's been recovering since the injury.
His family said in statement Thursday that he's doing well and will return to his home near the Twin Cities to continue his rehab.
The Daily Herald reports that Olson's parents have lauded the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild organizations for their efforts to help pay for his medical costs.
A crowdfunding page for Olson has raised more than $126,000.