Ex-Leafs Player's Career May Have to be Cut Short After Serious Injury

Published May 17, 2023 at 9:30 PM

Ondrej Kase's Journey in NHL

Ondrej Kase, a former Leafs forward and currently with the Carolina Hurricanes, is renowned for his ability to contribute substantially. His journey in the NHL began after being picked in the seventh round in 2014, and within just two seasons, he made it to the NHL.

During his sophomore year in the league, he attained career highs in goals, assists, points, and games played. However, his struggle was visible in maintaining his health, as he could only play a total of 66 games in a single season.

Kase's Tryst with Carolina Hurricanes

Kase has been seen in action only once with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he spent less than 15 minutes on the field. Tragically, this brief appearance could potentially mark the end of his professional hockey career.

In this singular game, Kase suffered a concussion and has been in relatively poor health ever since. This is not a new issue for him, as concussions have always persistently troubled his hockey ability and talent , seriously impacting his performance and wellbeing.

Prior to his stint with the Hurricanes, Kase had played 50 games with the Leafs during the 2021-22 season, marking 14 goals and 27 points. After that season, he moved to Carolina.

The Scourge of Concussions in Players' Careers

It is disheartening to witness a promising career like Kase's being jeopardized by concussions. One can only hope for his health to improve and for him to maintain a good quality of life in the coming years, irrespective of his future in professional hockey.

In a recent interaction, the Hurricanes' General Manager, Don Waddell, expressed his thoughts about Kase's predicament.

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