Dylan Margonari is lucky to be walking, much less playing professional hockey. The Stingrays forward broke his neck in a game late last January.
"Initially, it was just a lot of pain. I made impact..I knew something was wrong right away," says Margonari.
He was rushed to the hospital where they told him it was a broken neck but that he'd be able to walk and potentially play again.
"It was a tough three months initially when I was in a neck brace," says the Greensburg, Pennsylvania-native. "But as that progression started to come along and the doctors said 'OK, we can start training again, you can start getting on the bike, you can start lifting.' As I started progressing, I started to get that hunger and itch to get back on the ice."
Nobody has been more impressed with Margonari's drive to get back than his head coach.