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Atkinson makes emotional debut for Catamounts

Originally Published: February 1, 2008
By Chris Preston | Special to ESPN.com

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- "A baloney slice away from death."

That's how Chris Atkinson's high school hockey coach, John Hynes, described the near-fatal, on-ice injury his star player suffered on Feb. 25, 2006. Anyone who witnessed the gruesome nature of what happened to Atkinson that night knows Hynes' words are not exaggerated. Not if they saw the pool of blood that soaked through Atkinson's white U.S. Under-18 National Development hockey team jersey. Nor the immediacy in ...

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