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College Hockey:
Exter’s Condition Remains ‘Serious’

— Merrimack goaltender Joe Exter remains in serious condition with multiple skull fractures at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center today following a collision in last Friday’s opening game of the Hockey East quarterfinal series at Boston College. (Original story)

According to hospital spokespersons, Exter’s condition is unchanged in the last 24 hours, and unless there is a major change in condition, no further updates will be provided until Tuesday morning. Exter has remained in serious condition since having been upgraded from critical condition shortly before 10 p.m. this past Sunday evening. He has been unconscious since the incident.

Merrimack head coach Chris Serino was not available to talk with media on Monday, but Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information Tom O’Brien noted that “support and prayers continues to pour in from all over the country.”

O’Brien said the university will be setting up a prayer message board on the school’s Web site (www.merrimack.edu) that should be active late afternoon on Monday to give people the opportunity to share their prayers and thoughts about Joe Exter with his family and the Merrimack community.

Despite the university being on Spring Break, its counsel center remains opened for faculty, players and students who wish to discuss the issues and grief associated with the incident, O’Brien said.

The university will be organizing two prayer services: one this week for the Merrimack community and another next week when the students return from
Spring Break.

O’Brien noted that there have been a lot of request to send cards and thoughts to Exter and his family and noted that those can be sent to the hockey office and will be forwarded appropriately. Correspondence can be sent to:

Joe Exter
c/o Hockey Office
Merrimack College
315 Turnpike Street
N. Andover, MA 01845

Please check back with USCHO.com for more information regarding Exter’s condition.


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