March 11, 2010 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Backman Broke Heel in Pool Mishap

by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor

Senior Sean Backman was lost for the postseason after breaking his heel last Sunday.

Senior Sean Backman was lost for the postseason after breaking his heel last Sunday.

Yale senior forward Sean Backman — revealed earlier this week to have an injury that would cost him the rest of the season — broke his heel last Sunday while "horsing around" during after-hours use of a pool located at the school gym, according to sources.

Backman, a highly-sought after free agent by NHL teams, had surgery today to repair the heel. The procedure was successful, and he will have to wait four weeks before he can at least ride a bike. He has returned home and is not currently with the team.

"It turned out better than expected," said a source close to the situation. "There will be no long-term effect. ... Doctors say he will recover 100 percent. A lot of teams still want to sign him."

The Bulldogs, ranked No. 9 in the Pairwise, play Brown this weekend in a best-of-3 ECAC Quarterfinal series.

A First Team All-ECAC selection, Backman had 21 goals this season, in helping lead Yale to its second straight ECAC regular-season championship. Yale is also No. 1 in scoring offense in the nation.

According to sources, police investigated the situation but found no legal wrongdoing.

There are no reports of underage drinking, or whether alcohol was directly related to the accident. And no players, including Backman, were suspended for this weekend's playoff series.

Coach Keith Allain, who originally told reporters of Backman's injury, has declined further comment.

"He feels bad, but I feel worse for [Yale]," a source said. "Sean will be fine, but they'll never have this season back."

Update: After the news broke on CHN, Yale released the following statement:

It appears Sean's injury was sustained in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium after regular hours on Sunday, Feb. 27. A review of the incident is proceeding, and a report will be made to the Director of Athletics and the Dean of Yale College. No disciplinary action is expected. We are watching his progress and wish him well. His return this season is unlikely.

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