In October of 2016, Polish-Canadian left wing Wojtek Wolski was playing in a KHL game when he slid into the boards head-first and suffered a horrifying injury. At first, he was simply examined for a concussion, but it was later concluded that he had broken his neck. Now, just 16 months later, Wolski was selected by the Canadian Olympic team to play in Pyeongchang.
Wolski returned this season, and between his time with Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Kunlun Red Star, he scored nine goals and 33 points in 40 games. Shortly after being selected in today's roster release, he made an emotional post on Instagram to express his gratitude for having made it to where he is:
Wolski, 31, is a former NHL player with the Capitals, Panthers, Rangers, Coyotes, and Avalanche, and now joins the veteran-heavy Canada squad heading to South Korea next month. Adding to the unlikeliness of his story, this year's Winter Games are different than previous events since the NHL made the controversial decision to block players from participating, meaning this is basically the only time Wolski could have made the roster.
Despite missing the bulk of their NHL stars, Canada is still considered to be a strong favorite.