Ondrej Kase primed for NHL return after two years out

Elliot Ben Jacob
May 20, 2024  (1:18 PM)

Former Maple Leaf Ondrej Kase.
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The former Toronto Maple Leafs forward, Ondrej Kase, is considering a return to the NHL after suffering a severe brain injury two years ago. This potential comeback has sparked interest across the hockey community.

Ondrej Kase had a notable season with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2021-22, scoring 14 goals and adding 13 assists in 50 games. This performance led him to sign a contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Unfortunately, his debut with the Hurricanes was marred by a head injury, forcing him to leave the game early. Kase, who has a history of concussions, could not return to the lineup and eventually left North America.

Return to Europe and success in Czechia

After departing the NHL, Kase joined his brother David in Czechia, where he played for Litvinov HC in the 2023-24 season.
He had a standout season, tallying 54 points in 48 games. His return to form was a significant milestone in his recovery journey.
In a recent interview with The Athletic's Chris Johnston, Kase reflected on his health and the past season:
"I wasn't sure how healthy I am and all season was actually great. I felt unbelievable. All injuries were done. I played with my brother. Even as kids, we wanted to always play together and this was our chance. It was a great season. We lost in the semifinals and I think for the team it was pretty good."

When asked about a potential return to the NHL, Kase said:
"It's still in my head, for sure. I'm not sure after the championship what the situation will be. So we will see with my agent."

Stellar performance at the World Championship

Currently representing Czechia at the Men's World Championship, Kase has impressed with five points in six games, including a remarkable penalty shot goal.
Kase's potential return to the NHL is eagerly anticipated, as fans and analysts watch his performance and await further developments.