Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tough Times for Matt Fillier

Second year UNB forward Matt Fillier did not dress for last weekend’s games against Moncton and UPEI. Rather, he was in Halifax at the bedside of his best friend, Kevin MacLean. Both are from the small rural community of Durham, in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

MacLean, 22, was seriously injured in a snowmobile crash early Sunday morning, January 9, when the machine he was on collided with a pole, not far from Fillier’s family home. He was first taken to the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow and then transferred to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

Maclean, a left winger, played four seasons with the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Jr. A. hockey team and he was the team captain in his final season in 2008-09. “He was a four year local player, a guy who never played major midget hockey and became one of the best leaders we had and one of the most feared guys in the league,” said Wade Taylor, team president of the Crushers, to the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. “He was a tremendous captain.”

Former Crushers’ head coach and GM Troy Ryan, now coaching the Metro Marauders, has been to see him every day at the hospital in Halifax. Ryan played hockey for UNB for two seasons, 1993-95, and he is still very close to MacLean, who he coached for four years with the Crushers. He told the New Glasgow News, “A lot of people talk about the will to fight to get through something like this. I don’t know if I believe that but if anyone can it’s Kevin. All he needs is a window of opportunity and he will fight his way through this.”

The UNB Varsity Reds ask for everyone’s kind thoughts for Matt, and hopes and prayers for Kevin as he fights for his life.

1 comment:

David Ritchie said...

pretty powerful emotions for matt, I'm sure. Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with his friend that he's able to recover and get back to good health. This should be the best time of his life.