From the ice to the emergency room.
A rural Nova Scotia hockey player is thankful he's alive after suffering a deep neck wound during a game earlier this month.
Fraser, who plays with the Brookfield Elks, told Global News the injury occurred during a Dec. 3 game against the Sackville Blazers.
"I was just in the corner and me and the other guy went down and all I remember was I seen his skate coming, got me in the neck," said Fraser.
Gameplay was stopped and Fraser was taken to the emergency room not long after.
Dr. Ahmed AlSayed is the resident who responded to Fraser and says the outcome could have been much worse.
“It was a pretty bad injury, it was pretty deep, pretty wide as well," said Dr. AlSayed. "Luckily he didn’t injure any major blood vessels because the carotid is very close to where his injury is. Some of the major vessels of the neck like the internal jugular are also very close."
Currently, Hockey Nova Scotia doesn't require Junior B hockey players to wear neck guards.
But Fraser says he will probably wear a neck guard next time he laces up his skates.