Hockey hit breaks teen player's neck

Justin Mendes tweeted this picture of himself.

Justin Mendes tweeted this picture of himself.

Jenny Yuen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

TORONTO - Justin Mendes didn’t see it coming.

The 16-year-old Ted Reeve Thunder defenceman has been recovering at Hospital for Sick Children with a broken neck after taking a hit Friday from an opposing player during a game against the Toronto Penguins at Chesswood Arena, in the Allen Rd.-Sheppard Ave. area.

The other player has been suspended for a minimum of six games.

“The other boy put his full force behind him to force him headfirst into the boards and in doing so, lifted my son off the ice, so that he was doing a front dive,” Justin’s mother, Nancy, said Monday during a phone interview Monday. “Even the doctors said to us, this is like a diving injury.”

Nancy Mendes said the incident took place during the first period when Justin was trying to clear the puck away from his goalie’s corner.



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