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WATCH: How Mackenzie Skapski overcame a bus accident to make the NHL

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"If we don't go in right now, he's going to stop breathing."

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Remember when injuries pushed Mackenzie Skapski to make his NHL debut just last season? His debut - only allowing one goal over two games - was pretty special on its own.

But simply making the NHL is one thing. Making it after overcoming serious injuries as a result of a bus crash his team was in when he was just 15 is something else entirely. After all, it's not like that's easy to come back from.

There isn't just a physical recovery, which is tough enough on its own: there's a mental and emotional recovery, too.

There's a chance that could have been it for Skapski. This feature from Rogers Hometown Hockey takes us into one of the darkest moments of his, and his family's, lives.

So yeah - making the NHL after all of that just got even more special.

It's a great story, and one that Skapski - still just 21 years old - will hopefully be able to continue to build on.