ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The holiday spirit made its way to the hockey rink recently when UAA played Northern Michigan last Friday on the road.
“It was an interesting night,” said Nathan Renouf.
The junior forward from Ontario, Canada suffered a concussion after skating along the boards before getting clipped and clothes-lined into a post near the team's bench. It caused a pause in play, and Renouf would need over a dozen stitches to fix the gash on his forehead.
He doesn’t really remember much of what happened due to the concussion, but did have a more memorable experience after the game. A local youth hockey team gave the Seawolves' trainer a "Get well soon" card to give to Renouf.
“It was really nice to have that from fans of an opposing team, and feel the love when you don’t expect it,” said Renouf over the phone.
Shortly after the game, Renouf posted a picture on Twitter of the card, stitches, and his broken helmet captioned: “Don’t question how close the hockey family can be. Friday was a rough game for me, and families from the visiting team fans sent me a get well soon card. This is why I continue playing. Thank you guys, it means the world. I’ll be back on the ice soon enough.”
The forward would not immediately return to Anchorage since UAA's road trip continues this weekend when they play the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He tells KTUU he’s feeling a lot better, and has spent most of his time catching on homework.
UAA has eight more road game before returning home on January 4 to host Lake Superior State.