College Hockey:
BC’s Patrick Eaves Likely Out For Season

— Boston College freshman Patrick Eaves, who fractured a vertebra in his neck on Dec. 7, will likely miss the rest of the season, according to BC coach Jerry York.

Doctors have decided to keep Eaves in the neck brace he has worn since the accident for another three weeks.

“He’s probably out the rest of the year,” York said.

Eaves had totaled 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points in just 13 games when the injury took place in a game against Maine.

BC’s Chris Collins and Maine’s Robert Liscak were battling for control of Collins’ stick, which inadvertently clotheslined Eaves. The freshman suffered a fracture of the C-5 vertebra. Eaves was motionless for several minutes before finally moving his arms and legs.

“The chance of it happening were one in a million,” said York to the Boston Globe at the time. “I’ve never seen that before.”

Eaves was a leading Rookie of the Year candidate and had been selected to play in the World Junior Championships.

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