The Philadelphia Flyers organization is taking a collective breath today. News reports from the Cezch Republic state that Forward Jakub Voracek has been in a car accident. Drafted in 2007 in the first round; Voracek has played in 367 NHL games and has 229 points. This was his second year with the Flyers. Voracek finished this year with 46 points, only two points behind team leader Claude Giroux. The 2012-2013 season was the first year of a new four-year deal with the Flyers.
Voracek is not injured and it sounds like alcohol was not involved in the wreck. Local police state that Voracek was at fault in the accident as he was traveling at a high rate of speed and swerved to avoid a truck that he eventually hit. He also hit a tree and telephone pole. The Czech native took full responsibility for the accident and paid all fines issued (whizwitsports.com)
The Flyers confirmed today that Voracek was not hurt. In a Twitter conversation Voracek tells Tim Panaccio : “All good bud. No injuries, no alcohol.”
The Flyers are no stranger to players being involved in car accidents. In November of 1985 the Philadelphia community suffered a great loss. Goaltender Pelle Lindbergh was declared brain-dead after hitting a brick wall in his Porsche. Lindbergh was an Olympic net minder, and won the Vezina in 19984-85. The Flyers again had to hold their breath when star forward Danny Briere was in a car accident in 2010, luckily he was fine. I’m sure that Voracek’s accident has hit home yet again. Thankfully for the Flyers, and the Philadelphia community history has not repeated itself.