Scotians player recovering from major on-ice injuries

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TRENTON – A member of the Pictou County Scotians sidelined with serious head and body injuries from an on-ice hit in a game in Trenton last Sunday is resuming his recovery at home.

Centre Luke Spicer was released from hospital under conditions that include bed rest at his home in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

“He got out Wednesday to go home for bed rest under strict medical conditions,” said team president Art Forsyth, who is the team’s spokesman on the matter. “He’s getting better every day but he has a long road ahead of him.”

The conditions also include not returning until at least January to St. Francis Xavier University where he was enrolled while playing with the Scotians.

The posting described multiple injuries that will require therapy, while an earlier posting by the Scotians placed Spicer “on track toward a full recovery.”

Spicer, 18, was injured in the first period of the Scotians’ Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League game with the visiting Jr. Miners from Cape Breton. The teams are scheduled to next meet on Saturday at the Miners’ home rink in Membertou.

The game report on the league’s web site indicated Miners player Jordan Breen was assessed a match penalty at the time for the hit. He was banished from the game as a result.

The NSJHL web site confirmed that the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey Council has since suspended Breen for the rest of the 2016-17 regular season and playoffs.

He faces a further suspension once a medical report is received regarding Spicer’s recovery time.

The game was delayed while Spicer was attended to by both Scotians and Miners trainers until he was transported first to the Aberdeen Hospital and later to hospital in Halifax.

Spicer had three goals and three assists in his eight games with the Scotians. Four other teammates have more points.

Police in New Glasgow began investigating the incident due to what Const. Ken MacDonald called the severity of the injuries.

“The investigation ongoing,” he said today.

He said the investigation includes securing video of the incident and interviewing witnesses, as well as consulting groups that include the Crown Prosecution Service.

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