Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hockey East Blog Closes Its 'Doors'

Well, the Hockey East Blog has come and gone.

In light of said tragedy I feel the need to spread word around the league about misfortunes befalling the University of Massachusetts Lowell Hockey Team.

As was reported by the Hockey East blogger, most serious among the misfortunes of the River Hawks is that recruit, Matt Ferriera, had to undergo brain surgery in order to remove a tumor from his brain (man I sound stupid - I know, I know, I often do!). It is reported that the operation was successful and that he is doing well but according to sources close to the Lowell program he will not play this season - we can't blame you, Matt! Take your time and get well. Wildcat Nation wishes you the best and we certainly hope to see you take the to ice versus our 'Cats once you're back in tip-top shape!

Additionally, Stephen Capraro, has undergone and will have to undergo further surgery for a sports hernia and is expected to miss this season. Steve was a freshman defenseman last season playing in 30 games for the River Hawks and I'm sure was expected to be a major contributor to the defensive squad in the upcoming season. Not to be confused with his older brother, Chris, who played for UMass Amherst, completing his collegiate career, before joining the Trenton Titans at the end of this past ECHL season and who is now with the Charlotte Checkers where our own, Shawn Vinz, landed after completing his senior year! Shawn is listed as one of the Checkers who participated, along with Chris, in a Sept. 19th AHL Training Camp with the Hartford Wolf Pack - he is not confirmed on any team's roster as yet many teams have no confirmed roster what-so-ever. Ah ha, I have just confirmed that he was released, as was Chris, from the Wolfpack Training Camp on Tuesday the 25th - Congratulations Shawn for having earned an invite! They should both be with the Checkers this year.[did you know? that the Capraros are from one of the first towns along Paul Revere's ride? The home of the Fannie Farmer and hometown of NHLers Sean Bates and Keith Tkachuk]

As for Stephen - get well man!

And they come in three's. Hopefully the last of their woes, Lowell's, Paul Worthington, is dealing with Post-Concussion Syndrome and has not been cleared to play. Paul will be missed after contributing 2 goals and 10 assists in a 28 game freshman campaign. It is unclear when he will be cleared to play.

Paul, Wildcat Nation wishes you good health!

Thanks to 'MaryK' from the USCHO message boards for reporting much of the medical status that I've mentioned above.

As a note, composing this Hockey East interest piece has shown me the light - this stuff takes work people! - I'm going to have to resurrect the Hockey East Blogger and have him contribute here. I'll let you know if I have any success in wooing him to write Hockey East pieces for your UNH Men's Hockey Blog and the rest of Hockey East that is not so fortunate as to have a blogger.

Get Well All! And Good Luck! We'll see you on the ice!

Go 'Cats!


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