10/23/22: The Predators have issued an update on Borowiecki’s status. Per the team, Borowiecki was discharged from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and is currently restring at home. Thankfully, the team states that Borowiecki has “no major injuries,” although they do state that his return to the ice is “subject to further rest, observation, and testing.” While this is undoubtedly an unfortunate development overall for the veteran defenseman, the news that he has seemingly avoided any major injuries is definitely welcome.
10/22/22: A scary scene tonight in Nashville as Predators defenseman Mark Borowiecki was injured and taken off the ice via stretcher halfway through the second period. The injury happened as Borowiecki was hit by Philadelphia Flyers forward Morgan Frost behind the Predators net. The defenseman’s head appeared to make contact with the glass during the hit before he fell to the ice. After several moments receiving medical attention, Borowiecki was taken by stretcher off the ice.
Of course, nobody wants to see any player injured in a game, especially one that involves leaving the ice via stretcher or any sort of head injury, and the same can be said about Borowiecki. Unfortunately, Borowiecki is also someone who has a history of concussions and has missed significant time dealing with not only those injuries, but mental health struggles, which he had opened up about publicly in the summer of 2021.
A longtime member of the Ottawa Senators, Borowiecki joined the Predators prior to the 2020-21 season. The defenseman has been considered one of the toughest players in hockey and twice lead the NHL in penalty minutes, including last season. No update has been made immediately available, but concern towards Borowiecki’s overall health is paramount.