Michigan State Press Release
Michigan State freshman defenseman Branden Carney sustained a serious neck injury in hockey practice at Munn Ice Arena on Thursday afternoon.
Carney, a 19-year-old from Battle Creek, was participating in drills during practice session when he went head-first into the dasher boards. He was transported to Sparrow Hospital for treatment.
Carney has feeling, movement and strength in all of his extremities and will continue under the care of neurological surgeon Dr. Charles Bill.
Carney’s father, Russ, is the associate head coach for the MSU volleyball program. Russ Carney will miss this weekend’s volleyball games at Iowa and Nebraska. Russ Carney was on campus and able to be with his son shortly after the accident occurred.
“Our program is committed to support Branden and his family as he goes through the recovery process,” said MSU head coach Tom Anastos. “This is a scary injury, but he’ll receive top-notch medical care, and we’ll be sure that everything is in place for him to receive the help and support he needs in the weeks and months ahead. Right now, we’re going to focus on supporting him and his family in the coming days as they assess his immediate needs and treatment.”