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