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Published November 09, 2010, 02:54 PM

DU Player Martin Walking After Surgery for Broken Neck

University of Denver forward Jesse Martin has walked for the first time since his neck was broken in a hit by a North Dakota player Oct. 30.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of Denver forward Jesse Martin has walked for the first time since his neck was broken in a hit by a North Dakota player Oct. 30.

Doctors treating Martin at Regions Hospital in St. Paul say it may be a year before they know whether Martin can play hockey again. But they say his surgery on Monday was "very successful."

Martin will remain at the Minnesota hospital for the next week or 10 days, then return to Denver to continue his rehabilitation.

Martin, a senior from Edmonton, Alberta, suffered a broken vertebra Oct. 30 in a game at North Dakota. He was knocked unconscious and had no use of his extremities for several minutes. North Dakota forward Brad Malone was suspended for one game for his check of Martin.

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