Saturday, February 17, 2007

Shanahan leaves ice on stretcher

Brendan Shanahan and Mike Knuble had a big-time collision in this afternoon's Rangers-Flyers game, one in which neither player appeared to know the contact was coming, and both spent considerable time on the ice.

Shanahan seemed to get the worst of it, and has a whole group of medical personnel at Madison Square Garden attending to him on the ice at the moment. He's currently being fitted for a neck brace and moved to a stretcher, after which he'll be taken to St. Vincent's Hospital.

Knuble, meanwhile, has one eye swollen shut and may also be taken to hospital.

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At 3:45 p.m., February 17, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Ugh. Two players I really like. Shanahan everyone knows about. Knuble, after his junior year at Michigan, turned down a lucrative offer from the Red Wings and stayed in school for his senior year, in pursuit of that NCAA Championship that so narrowly eluded the Wolverines through the early 1990s.

It'd be nice to say that he was rewarded with a ring, but his collegiate career ended in 1995, with a triple overtime loss to Maine in the NCAA semifinals. Michigan went on to defeat Colorado College in the final the next year.

Knuble's return to Ann Arbor for the 1994-95 season was probably instrumental in keeping the entire class two years behind him, perhaps the most talented single class in NCAA hockey history, at Michigan through their senior years. That class included Breandan Morrison and John Madden.


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