In his first statement since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, UNLV men's hockey assistant coach Nick Robone thanked his paramedic brother, his friends and the staff at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas for saving his life.
"I was fortunate to survive a horrific tragedy; however, I believe it's important that everyone tells their story," Robone told ESPN in a video statement from his hospital room. "I know that many people are unsure of how they can help. I can also say there are many ways to contribute financially, emotionally or through strong compassionate empathy. Showing kindness to even one person affected can change their life."
Robone, 28, underwent surgery Monday to remove a bullet from his chest and is expected to make a full recovery. The Las Vegas native is in his third year of coaching with UNLV's team and credited his "unbelievable" and "uplifting" support system as he recuperates before returning to work.
UNLV is three miles from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where a gunman opened fire Sunday night on a country music concert, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500 others.
The school will honor victims and local heroes from Sunday's shooting in a tribute that has been designated "Heroes Night" before Saturday's home football game against San Diego State at 10:45 p.m. ET. Both Mountain West teams will wear helmet stickers in the shape of a red ribbon with the words "Las Vegas" displayed.