Thursday, October 27, 2005

CIS player paralyzed in on-ice accident

A sad, sad story out of New Brunswick after a game this weekend:

Players with the University of Moncton's Blue Eagles hockey team were struggling to cope yesterday with the news that teammate, Sébastien Savage of St. Albert, Ont., is paralyzed from the chest down as the result of an accident during a weekend Canadian Interuniversity Sport game in the New Brunswick city.

Savage, a third-year forward widely regarded as one of the team's top players, was chasing the puck into a corner behind a member of the opposing team, the Acadia Axemen from Wolfville, N.S.

The Axemen player lost his balance and went down. Savage, 24, tripped over his opponent and flew headlong into the boards, hitting with a bone-crunching thud that sent shivers through fans in the suddenly silent rink.
Here is another story from a local newspaper. Previously, Savage had played four seasons of junior hockey in the OHL with Mississauga, Sudbury, Ottawa and Brampton (a lot of stops for a young kid).

It sure hasn't been a good year for the CIS.

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