Ondrej Kase during a game with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Former Maple Leaf Ondrej Kase eyeing NHL return after brain injury

Published May 20, 2024 at 1:07 PM

The former member of the Toronto Maple Leafs Ondrej Kase is eyeing a return in the NHL, two years after suffering from a massive brain injury.

Following a 14 goals and 13 assists tally in 50 games with the Leafs back in the 2021-22 season, Ondrej Kase signed a contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Unfortunately, things didn't went well for him.

In his first game with the Canes, he was forced to leave after a head injury. Kase already suffered multiple concussions in his career, and this one was one too many. He never returned to the Canes' line up, and eventually left North America to join his brother David, another former Maple Leaf, in Czechia, his home country.

He ended up returning to hockey in the 2023-24 season. In 48 games with the Litvinov HC, he scored 54 points.

In a recent interview with The Athletic's Chris Johnston, Kase opened up about the past year and his health.

Here's what he said:

"I wasn't sure how healthy I am and all season was actually great. I felt unbelievable. All injuries were done. I played with my brother. Even as kids, we wanted to always play together and this was our chance. It was a great season. We lost in the semifinals and I think for the team it was pretty good."

Later, he was asked to open up about a potential return to the NHL, and as you'll see, he doesn't look like someone who wants to pursue his career in Europe:

"It's still in my head, for sure. I'm not sure after the championship what the situation will be. So we will see with my agent."

Kase is currently representing Czechia at the Mens' World Championship and he impressed many people on the ice; scoring five points in six games, including that goal on a penalty shot:

Do you think Ondrej Kase will sign a contract in the NHL this summer?

Source: The Athletic - Ondřej Kaše's path to NHL comeback looks clear 2 years after neurological issues derailed career
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