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Oliver Gabriel update
October 26, 2009, 2:38 pm
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I caught up with Oliver Gabriel a little earlier today and asked how he’s doing a few weeks after suffering a lacerated spleen in Spokane:

What happened on the play where you got injured?

“I got the puck in the corner in our own end and started carrying it up the boards. I didn’t have complete control of it until we got to the players’ bench and I passed it up to, I think it was Reddin, and someone kind of blindsided me. It was a clean hit but I didn’t see it coming, and the players’ bench doesn’t have glass, so I got bent over and it got me right in the ribs and lacerated my spleen.”

Initially they thought it was an injury to your ribs, right?

“The doctor at the game thought it was separated ribs or broken ribs, so we couldn’t do much for it. I went back to the hotel and that night I started to have shoulder pains and that’s a sign for spleen injuries, so I was taken to the hospital and it turned out it was a ruptured spleen.”

Did you have to have surgery?

“Once I got back to the hospital the bleeding stopped, and about a week later I had a follow-up CAT scan and there was a leaking blood vessel, and they had to go in with a catheter through my femoral artery to patch it up.”

So how long were you in Spokane?

“I was in the hospital for four days after it happened. My mom has cousins who live there so my mom flew in to Spokane and we stayed at their house for another week until I got the procedure. Then I went home for the weekend (to Edmonton) and then met the team in Calgary.”

What’s next for you?

“Right now I’m just waiting for clearance to start working out again and skating, which should be any time this week. The problem is contact; I should be able to start working out and start conditioning in a week or so and then hopefully build myself back into game shape, but the contact is what the doctors are worried about right now.”

How are you feeling right now?

“I feel great right now. I don’t really feel it anymore, it’s not bad at all. I can do a lot of things I couldn’t do right when it happened, but I just have to wait.”

Have you ever had a serious injury before?

“This is the worst injury I’ve ever had, it was the first time I’d ever spent a night in the hospital. It’s been hard, going through all these towns a few hours from where I live (during the Central Division road trip) and not being able to play in front of friends and family. But that’s the way it goes, it’s bad luck and I just want to get back in the lineup as soon as possible.”

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Thanks much for the update. I truly like this youngster. Any word on how his older brother is doing? I was NEVER one to malign him for I am one that respects effort and heart.I’d love an update.

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