Edina coach's neck surgery goes well after hockey injury


Edina High School girls hockey coach Laura Slominski is doing well after a delicate surgery on Tuesday, following a hockey injury in which she suffered a C5 fracture in her neck after a crash into the boards.

She was not paralyzed in the accident and the prognosis seems good, her principal had said.

In a post on the Caring Bridge website, Slominski thanks all her well-wishers and says, "I know you were kept updated yesterday, but I wanted to make sure I checked in to let everyone know that the surgery was a success and I am feeling great, all things considering. As a lay in bed I constantly think about how lucky and blessed I am, given my injury that I am still able to move and feel everything. My nurses said I must have had a guardian angel watching over me. It sounds like today I will get to get up and start moving around a bit and will be transferred from icu to the main floor."

Slominski is well known in the state's hockey community, KARE 11 noted. She played for the Minnesota Gophers from 1998 to 2002, and had been head coach at Bloomington Kennedy High School. She was also an assistant at St. Cloud State University and the U of M.

Before surgery, she posted a hopeful video message:

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