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Rats injured in bus crash UPDATE 5

By Phil Janack
Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Yankee Trails coach carrying the Albany River Rats players and staff pulled down the ramp and into the back of the former Knickerbocker Arena at 11:04 a.m. before pulling inside the building.

Head coach-GM Jeff Daniels met with about two dozen media -- reporters, photographers and TV cameras -- who were waiting for the team's arrival following an early-morning crash that left four players and the team's radio color commentator at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass.

Defensemen Casey Borer, 23; forward Nicolas Blanchard, 21; forward Joe Jensen, 26; and defenseman Jonathan Paiement, 23, are being kept at the BMC along with broadcaster John Hennessy.

Citing the trauma of the accident, the team did not make players available for comment. Several who left the arena as Daniels spoke reported being OK, but still shaken.

The team is scheduled to meet Friday afternoon at 1 at the arena, and Daniels said he plans to have a counselor available to speak with players as a team and individually, as necessary.

Albany president and CEO S. Garen Szablewski said Friday's scheduled home game with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers will be postponed, and Sunday afternoon's home date against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins is likely to follow suit.

 
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