Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Flyers giving Berard chance to continue courageous story

He nearly lost his right eye in 2000, but seven operations later, Bryan Berard returned to the NHL. Now he's hoping to land a spot with the Flyers.

Flyers giving Berard chance to continue courageous story

31-year-old Bryan Berard will try to earn a spot on the Flyers´ roster next month. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
31-year-old Bryan Berard will try to earn a spot on the Flyers' roster next month. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

When I think of courageous athletes, I think of Adam Taliaferro and Brian Piccolo. I think of Kevin Everett and Lance Armstrong, Jim Abbott and Mario Lemieux. Among others.


I also think of Bryan Berard.


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Berard, as you may recall, was accidentally hit by the stick of Ottawa's Marian Hossa in 2000. It was a gruesome scene, with blood staining the ice and Berard being raced to the hospital.


Berard nearly lost his right eye in the accident; he underwent seven eye operations and, to his credit, returned to the NHL _ and gave back his $6.5 million insurance settlement.


Think about that.


And, now, at 31, he will be trying to earn a spot on the Flyers' young defense in training camp next month.


Berard doesn't have the skill he possessed when he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 draft, but no one can question his character.


His presence will add some intrigue to what promises to be an interesting Flyers training camp.


I wrote about Berard in today's Inquirer.


Inquirer Staff Writer
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