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Press Conference

2016-03-22

March 21, 2016 - Ducks GM Corey Bedard at the podium

 

Good Evening every one, 

Thank you for coming on such short notice. It is with heavy hearts that the Ducks are announcing the retirement of long time BFHA defenseman Brent Sopel. 

In a game last night, versus the Providence Bruins, Brent was taken into the boards by Dan Kelly. Brent suffered fractures of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th vertebrae, damaging his spinal cord. Brent layed motionless on the ice for 12 minutes, was stretchered off the ice, and taken to a nearby hospital where he remains for treatment. 

Initial reports from the doctor are hopeful that Brent will one day walk again, but it is impossible to suggest that he will ever have full mobility of all of his extremeties. 

Brent spent a great 14 years in the BFHA and will be sorely missed, in the Gulls dressing room, and around the league. 

We would like to extend our well wishes to Brent's wife Kelly, and their four children as he fights to recover from this devastating injury.

Thank you all for coming, I will not be fielding any questions today.




BILL (New Jersey)

Sopel's up to a 71 health! If Corey goes to the Finals we could be witnessing a MIRACLE! Hopefully Henrik Tallinder can carry them there again this year.

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Brent Sopel, recovering in hospital, has retired from the BFHA.

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BILL (New Jersey) I believe in miracles Corey! And it's only fitting that if we're going to see a wonderful miracle that it happens against the Devils
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BILL (New Jersey)

Holy shit dude, that's dark,...I love it!

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Brent Sopel, recovering in hospital, has retired from the BFHA.

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TODD (Florida) his health is at a 6, he's definitely on life support! lol
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TODD (Florida)

Wow, that was a rough game! 6 injuries, none to exhaustion... ouch!

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Brent Sopel, recovering in hospital, has retired from the BFHA.

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