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Ex-NHL player Scot Kleinendorst seriously injured in Grand Rapids crane accident

The Grand Rapids native suffered serious brain trauma in the accident.
Scot Kleinendorst

Former NHL player Scot Kleinendorst was seriously injured in a workplace accident in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, last weekend. 

According to Grand Rapids Police Department, the accident happened around 6 p.m. Saturday when Kleinendorst was operating a crane to unload pulp wood at the Blandin Paper Company. 

Kleinendorst was ejected from the crane and suffered serious head trauma and numerous fractures. 

The 6-foot-3 former defenseman, who played for the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers and Washington Capitals, was airlifted to Duluth and stabilized after "many blood transfusions," a CaringBridge page says. 

Kleinendorst suffered serious brain trauma that required emergency surgery to relieve a life-threatening hemorrhage on the left side of his brain, in addition to brain damage, contusions to his brain, 17 broken ribs, a broken arm, clavicle and scapula. 

"We have been told many times that the brain takes a long time to heal, and we have a long road ahead of us," his family wrote on the CaringBridge update. 

The 59-year-old was selected by the Rangers in the fifth round of the the 1980 NHL Draft. He played his college hockey at Providence. 

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