RICE & MICE: Avascular Necrosis and Ray Emery’s comeback

Ray Emery’s hockey career was hanging in the balance when diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip last March. An MRI done to evaluate some nagging groin and hip pain revealed the condition. His season was definitely over, and had this occurred 10-15 years ago, his career could very well have been over. He made the decision to have surgery that promised everyday function of his hip, “The success is kind of considered being mobile, not playing professional sports,” he said at the time. Avascular necrosis (AVN), also called osteonecrosis, can affect any bone in the body and can be a …

RICE & MICE: Stick to hockey, Mr. Recchi

Almost 3 weeks later and I still can’t watch the replay of Boston Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara’s check on Montreal Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty without holding my breath. It was a violent hit and one that will stay fresh in my memory for a while. Pacioretty lost consciousness on impact and in the few seconds that he lay motionless on the ice after impact, I’m sure a few thousand fans (at least) were hoping that they didn’t just see a man die on the ice. Medical personnel were efficient and careful as they immobilized his neck and secured him to the backboard …

RICE & MICE: Hand fractures

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman, Chris Pronger was originally sidelined with some swelling in his hand after being hit by a puck on February 24, 2011 in a game against the New York Islanders. After x-rays failed to show a fracture, he returned to play after missing one game only to hit that same hand against the boards in a game on March 8, 2011 against the Edmonton Oilers. They are not sure if the break was initially caused by being hit with the puck in February, or if the fracture happened in the game against the Oilers, but a CT scan …

RICE & MICE: Five for fighting and 6-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain

First overall selection in the 2010 entry draft and Edmonton Oilers’ star rookie, Taylor Hall, saw his season come to an end much earlier than the rest of his NHL counterparts. It isn’t over because of a dismal season that saw the Oilers miss the playoffs. Hall is out for the remainder of the season with a high ankle sprain. He wasn’t battling along the boards or crashing the net when he was injured. Hall was injured while falling awkwardly in a fight with the Blue Jackets’ Derek Dorsett. Reactions to Hall’s injury have ranged from applauding the young talent …

RICE & MICE: Is it really the Flu?

“A team without energy, if the physical part is there, the mental part goes, and there was just nothing yesterday. I think we were drained. To get a day off, even though it’s under the toughest of circumstances and a tough loss like that, I really feel that the benefits will be seen on Tuesday by not having to mentally and physically come in to the rink.” The comments above are those of Peter Laviolette when asked about his decision to give his team the day off following their 7-0 defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers. He …