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

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