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GM Holmgren 'sore,' but in 'good spirits,' Flyers say

UPDATE: Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren says he is "sore, but otherwise in good spirits," according to the Flyers' PR staff, after a bicycle accident Sunday that left him hospitalized. "It appears as if he hit a rut or something," Flyers president Peter Luukko said in a statement on Tuesday. "I know Paul and he is pretty fast on his bike. He probably went over pretty quick."

GM Holmgren 'sore,' but in 'good spirits,' Flyers say

Paul Holmgren suffered multiple fractures and cuts that required stitches in a bike accident. (Matt Slocum/AP file photo)
Paul Holmgren suffered multiple fractures and cuts that required stitches in a bike accident. (Matt Slocum/AP file photo)

UPDATE: Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren says he is "sore, but otherwise in good spirits," according to the Flyers' PR staff, after a bicycle accident Sunday that left him hospitalized.

"It appears as if he hit a rut or something," Flyers president Peter Luukko said in a statement on Tuesday. "I know Paul and he is pretty fast on his bike. He probably went over pretty quick."

Holmgren was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his bike.

Holmgren remains hospitalized at Cooper Medical Center with injuries that are not life threatening. A Flyers spokesman said he did not believe Holmgren would remain hospitalized for long.

Sources indicated to the Daily News that doctors were originally concerned about possible internal bleeding which required overnight observation.

"He has broken ribs, a broken shoulder and stitches on his legs and arms," Luukko said. "But Paul's tough and he'll be right back in the game."

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EARLIER: Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was listed in stable condition at Cooper Medical Center in Camden last night after a scary end to the Labor Day holiday.

Holmgren, 55, was injured in a serious bicycle accident on Monday while exercising in Avalon, N.J.

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Exact details and the cause of the accident remained unclear last night, but Holmgren was admitted to the hospital with multiple fractures and cuts that required stitches. Holmgren was reportedly wearing his helmet.

The Flyers issued no statement or comment about Holmgren's health, though of a few of his players took to Twitter to offer their thoughts and prayers.

"Heard about 'Holmer' earlier today, was waiting to comment on it until the media found out," defenseman Matt Carle (@MattCarle25) posted last night. "Hope he's doing alright (sic). Scary, scary situation."

"I hope Paul is all right and gets well soon," goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (@bryzgoalie30) tweeted.

Holmgren, a St. Paul, Minn., native, will begin his sixth season as general manager later this month. He has also served four seasons as the Flyers' head coach and held various capacities in the team's front office after spending 8 full seasons with the Flyers as a player. He resides in Somerdale, N.J., with his wife Doreen.

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