Michael Liambas hit on Rangers Ben Fanelli

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Michael Liambas hit on Rangers Ben Fanelli

Postby Stormdude on Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:36 pm

Ben Fanelli of the Kitchener Rangers gets crushed by a brutal hit from Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters.

Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSYQzQPIAjc

Ben had to be airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital.

The game was suspended for 40 minutes and continued after the Zamboni cleared and scraped the blood off the ice. Our prayers are with Ben and his family.

From Kitchener Rangers this morning.

The Kitchener Rangers organization would like to provide an update on the condition of Ben Fanelli who was injured during the Rangers game on Friday, October 30th against the Erie Otters.

Ben was conscious and transported to Grand River Hospital then immediately air lifted to Hamilton General Hospital.

As of early this morning he is in intensive care and listed in critical but stable condition.

He suffered a head injury which included skull and facial fractures and a laceration above the eye that was the cause of blood loss.

"Ben's parents and family experienced something that we all wish would never happen", said Chief Operating Officer of the Kitchener Rangers, Steve Bienkowski.

"Their focus and concern for their son needs to be respected. I can't stress enough the need to respect their privacy and that all media inquires and announcements will be made through the Rangers organization. Our immediate focus will be to assist the Fanelli family and our players as we all deal with Ben's injuries."

The Rangers organization and the Fanelli family would like to thank the teams, families and fans for their support of Ben.
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Re: Michael Liambas hit on Rangers Ben Fanelli

Postby Kenny the Rat on Sat Oct 31, 2009 3:36 pm

Sorry but when an established OHL 210 pound tough guy runs a 16 year old rookie into the end boards blindly at full speed it shows no respect for the for his fellow players and Branch should ban him for the rest of the year. Personally I have no sympathy for players that commit these types of infractions.This kid is in critical condition in Hamilton with a fractured skull and contusions to the head. I'm sure Liambas is in a sorry state today thinking about his actions and wishes he could take them back. This kind of head hunting has to be stopped and its time Branch set an example.
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Re: Michael Liambas hit on Rangers Ben Fanelli

Postby Lime on Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:24 pm

It truly is a tragedy that Liambas has to carry the burden of Branch's PR show - Here's hoping the kid can get his hockey career on track elsewhere
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Re: Michael Liambas hit on Rangers Ben Fanelli

Postby Rebuild Ranger on Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:42 am

Lime I assume you're happy.

Liambis has been suspended playing in a borderline beer league for intending to injure another player.

Classy Erie.
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