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Friday, July 25, 2003
Updated: July 28, 12:39 PM ET
GM O'Connell: Girard's future uncertain

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Jonathan Girard broke his pelvis in a car accident and was in stable condition Friday.

Girard is in Hopital Sacre Coeur in Montreal following an accident Thursday near his hometown of Rawdon, Quebec, Bruins general manager Mike O'Connell said in a statement Friday.

"He suffered a broken pelvis in four places and some blood loss ... and I understand that he is doing better this morning,'' O'Connell said.

"My understanding is that Jonathan will need surgery, but there has been no schedule for that at this time. As to the outlook for his hockey career, that is to be determined and is not our concern at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jonathan for a complete recovery.''

Girard's agent, Bob Sauve, said the player was being evaluated by doctors and likely would have surgery either Friday or Saturday.

Sauve said Girard lost control of his car near a curve, and the car flipped. Two passengers in the car weren't as severely hurt as Girard, he said.

"The way the car landed, he probably took the whole blow,'' Sauve said. "(The car) is mostly crushed on his side.''

The Le Journal de Montreal reported that Girard was trapped in the car for about 45 minutes before being freed by an emergency crew.

"He was trapped between the roof and the seat,'' St-Gabriel fire chief Claude Prescott was quoted as saying in the Le Journal.

Girard had six goals and 16 assists in 73 games with the Bruins last season and signed a one-year contract earlier this year.