Colorado College assistant coach Norm Bazin has improved from critical to serious at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., where he has been in the intensive care unit since an automobile accident on Nov. 20. Bazin’s condition was officially upgraded as of Saturday morning, Dec. 6, according to hospital spokesman Tracy Ellig. No further details were released.
Bazin, 32, was on a recruiting trip when his rental car collided with an SUV on a snowy U.S. Highway 395 approximately 20 miles north of Spokane. He was transported by ambulance to Deaconess Medical Center, where he underwent multiple surgeries throughout the night. No details have been released on the nature of his injuries.
CC President Richard F. Celeste has been in touch with Bazin’s family to share his concern and offer support on behalf of the college community.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Norm’s wife and family,” Celeste said last week. “The fact that he came through the surgeries successfully is promising news, though this clearly is still a difficult time for the family. We can be very thankful for his youth, fitness level, and strength. We wish Norm well on the road to a full recovery.”
The Tigers were in Madison, Wis., for a WCHA series against Wisconsin when they learned of Bazin’s condition. Coach Scott Owens informed the players of Bazin’s situation this afternoon, prior to the series opener.
Bazin’s wife, Michelle, who is expecting the couple’s first child in February, flew from Colorado Springs to Spokane with family members.
Bazin played four seasons at Massachusetts-Lowell, scoring 20 goals his senior campaign in 1993-94. He was an assistant coach at Lowell for three years (1997-2000) before going to CC.