Unrestricted free agent Cory Sarich was hospitalized after he was reportedly hit by a car while riding his bike Monday in Invermere, B.C. The 35-year-old veteran suffered multiple broken vertebrae and severe road rash according to CTV and remains in a Calgary hospital.
Sarich spent the 2013-14 season with the Colorado Avalanche.
According to his agent, Tim Hodgson, Sarich was hit while training on his bike. He was then airlifted to the hospital where he remains. His injuries have been termed as non-life threatening and he is currently in stable condition.
Sarich tweeted Wednesday to let his fans and friends know that he is doing better and to thank them for their support. He also noted that he expects to make a full recovery from his injuries.
Tks to everyone for their support in regards to my accident yesterday. I am blessed to be here and will most likely make a full recovery.— Cory Sarich (@sarchy06) July 23, 2014
Tks to everyone who has shown their love and support for my family. Tks for understanding the lack of contact from us during this time.— Cory Sarich (@sarchy06) July 23, 2014
The native of Saskatoon, Sask., is a veteran of 969 NHL games. He spent his first two seasons with the Buffalo Sabres before joining the Tampa Bay Lightning for seven years. He won the Stanley Cup with Tampa in 2004. Up next, Sarich played six seasons with the Calgary Flames. He was traded to the Avalanche last summer as part of the deal that brought Alex Tanguay back to Colorado for David Jones and Shane O'Brien.
Sarich was selected in the second round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Sabres. He was still awaiting a new contract as an unrestricted free agent. A timeline for his recovery and if he'll be able to play again have not been determined.