CAN'T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN
Blaine Will Make Complete Recovery
(January 31) In the big picture, Blaine Down is going to be all
right -- and that's all that really matters. Although he is likely to
miss the remainder of the season, Blaine is being released from the
hospital this evening and is expected to be able to play hockey
The gritty Sound Tigers forward was seriously injured during the
second period of Bridgeport's 6-4 win over Hartford yesterday at the
Arena at Harbor Yard. The game was delayed 20 minutes as Down was
treated on the ice by paramedics and Bridgeport trainer Garrett
Timms. Blaine's neck was stabillized and he was removed fom the
playing surface on a stretcher.
After several examinations at Bridgeport Hospital, it was determined
that Down suffered fractures of three vetebral bodies of his cervical
spine. According to Islanders medical director Elliot Pellman, "The
fractures were uncomplicated and both neurologically and
radiologically never posed a significant problem." Pellman cited the
Bridgeport staff's "excellent, appropriate on-ice treatment" and was
encouraged by the hospital's decision to release Down from the
"Although I cannot say definitively that he is out for the remainder
of this season," said Pellman, "I can tell you that once he heals and
is cleared by a specialist, Blaine will be able to resume his hockey
"The most important thing was his well-being," said Islanders general
manager Mike Milbury. "Once it was determined Blaine was going to be
okay, it's great news to hear he'll be able to continue doing what he
loves most --playing hockey. Blaine's a terrific kid, a real honest,
hard-working hockey player. We wish him the best and look forward to
seeing him back at the rink when he's ready."
Islanders and Sound Tigers fans are encouraged to send get-well
wishes to Blaine as he begins his recovery. Fans can send their
emails to blainebestwishes@...
and we will make sure
Blaine receives every one.