Holmgren injured in bike accident

We’ve recently spent some time shredding Paul Holmgren’s role in the Flyers’ recent roller-coaster pursuit of a Stanley Cup, but this is never good news to report:

According to CSNPhilly.com late Monday night, the club’s 55-year-old general manager was injured while riding a bike in Avalon, New Jersey.

The report stated that Holmgren suffered broken ribs, a broken shoulder and other cuts that required stitching. Holmgren was apparently taken to Cooper Medical Center in Camden and will be kept overnight for observation.

On Tuesday morning, the Inquirer revealed the full statement taken by Avalon police on the matter:

(Avalon, NJ)—Avalon Police were called to the scene of a bicycle accident on Monday, September 5th, 2011 at 11:28am.  A man identified as 55 year old Paul Holmgren of Somerdale, New Jersey was riding his bicycle northbound on Dune Drive at 58th Street when he lost his balance and fell from the bicycle.  No other vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians were involved in the accident.  Mr. Holmgren suffered a cut to the right side of his head and a shin abrasion, and was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, New Jersey by the Avalon Rescue Squad.  He was conscious and alert at the time of the accident and told police that he lost his balance while on his bicycle.  Mr. Holmgren was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

 Avalon Patrolman Samuel Hoffman was the responding officer. 

Oof. From the sounds of it, Holmgren could have had a seizure, or an episode of some kind, or maybe a motorist got too close in a non-threatening way and he lost his balance trying to swerve around.
Whatever was the cause, we wish him a quick recovery. He’ll begin his fifth full season and sixth total campaign at the helm once the Flyers hit training camp later this month.