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by George Malik on 10/09/13 at 11:41 AM ET
Novi Detroit Catholic Central athletic director Aaron Babicz said senior hockey player Matt Sorisho is in good spirits at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills after the team’s leading scorer last season severely injured his spinal cord while playing for a Michigan Development Hockey League all-star team Friday.
Sorisho hit the boards back-first during a game at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena. Sorisho’s team was facing a travel squad out of Chicago. Published reports said Sorisho was skating at full speed toward the goal when he was hit by defenseman, lost his balance, and spun around backward before hitting the wall.
Shamrocks coach Doug Itami wasn’t at the game but said the collision shattered a lumbar vertebra (between the rib cage and the pelvis) in Sorisho’s back. He also suffered a concussion.
According to Farrell, Sorisho, who's 17, can move just fine from the waist up, but his legs are....a work in progress:.
Itami said the family has heard from Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and the NHL.
“Mike Babcock has been awesome,’’ Itami said. “They’ve been very supportive, and the hockey community always wraps their arms around you when something like this happens.’’
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