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Gaylord hockey captain recovering from injuries

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Gaylord hockey player who took a stick to the head during a game Saturday against Kingsford at Mountain View Ice Arena continues to recover from his injuries while the Flivvers player involved has been suspended from the team.

Sam Gorno, Gaylord team captain, fell to the ice and was attended to by training staff and Gaylord’s coaching staff. He remained on the ice several minutes before being helped off to receive medical attention. He was unconscious for a time and suffered a concussion, Gaylord head coach Jamie Voss told the Gaylord Herald Times on Sunday.

The newspaper reported that Gorno, who received hospital treatment, was recovering at home with his family. He did not suit up for Gaylord’s game Wednesday at Cadillac but is expected to make it back to the team for the regular season finale Feb. 21 at home against Negaunee.

Voss, in discussing the incident with the newspaper, described the stick blow as a “two-hand baseball” swing.

Kingsford High School administrators said Wednesday the matter has been reviewed by the athletic staff and administration. The review resulted in the suspension of the Flivvers player, sophomore Tony Kralovec, and an investigation continues.

“The student has been suspended from all hockey activities as a member of the Kingsford High School hockey team,” school officials said. “Considering the individual attends a neighboring school district as part of the cooperative program, we will also work closely with their administration. Due to the nature of the incident, the details will not be discussed during the ongoing investigation.”

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