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Cory Sarich | Defenseman | #16

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (39) / 8/16/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 207
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 2 (27) / BUF
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Cory Sarich has been slowly recovering from injuries he sustained when he was hit by a Ford F-350 truck while cycling.
He suffered five cracked vertebrae, burns on his shoulder and wrist from the truck's muffler, a swollen left arm and leg, a large laceration to his head, and road rash. "My diagnosis was, pretty much, as good as it gets (for a situation like that) . . . a bit of a mess, but I'm doing well now," he said. "It's been four-and-a-half weeks and it's been a slow recovery." As you can imagine, Sarich is still feeling the effects of the accident and he's given up on cycling for good. Wed, Aug 27, 2014 12:43:00 PM

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Cory Sarich, who has five broken vertebrae and road rash, might be able to leave the hospital on Friday.

Sarich was struck by a motor vehicle while cycling. He felt well enough to talk about his condition on Twitter and said that he didn't require surgery or a brace. "Thanks to everyone for their love and support," Sarich added. "It's amazing how many wonderful people I've met through this sport that I get to call my job!"
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:21:00 PM

Cory Sarich was hospitalized with multiple broken vertebrae after he was hit by a motor vehicle while cycling.

The good news is that Sarich's injuries are reportedly not life-threatening and his condition is stable. He has reached out on Twitter to thank people for their well wishes. It's not clear how long he will need to recover from his injuries or if he will be able to return to the NHL.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 11:28:00 PM

Cory Sarich has been hospitalized after being involved in a cycling accident.

It's not yet known how significantly Sarich has been hurt or even where he was hurt. He's an unrestricted free agent after scoring a goal and 10 points in 54 games in 2013-14.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 03:31:00 PM

Cory Sarich sat for a third straight game Sunday because of a back injury.

He has been credited with 107 hits and 66 blocked shots in 54 games this season to go with 10 points and a plus-7 rating. Sarich has averaged just over 17 minutes of ice time per game when he's been in the lineup. Consider him day-to-day.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 12:24:00 PM

Cory Sarich returned to action on Wednesday February 26 from a back injury.

The stay-at-home defenseman was making his first appearance since Jan. 11. Sarich has nine points, 86 hits and 56 blocks in 43 games this season.
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 02:07:00 AM

Cory Sarich (back) took part in Thursday's practice.

"I felt good out there. A little wobbly here and there, chasing some of the guys around. It has been a while," said Sarich, who has been out since Jan. 111 due to a back injury. "Give me a couple more days of practice where we really bump and grind, and that will tell me where I am. But as long as I'm out there, then me being able to play becomes a bigger reality." He hopes to get back into Colorado's lineup soon.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 08:57:00 AM

Cory Sarich is out indefinitely with a back injury.

He was a late scratch against Chicago on Tuesday because of a back injury. Sarich has nine points and 86 hits in 42 games this season.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 03:06:00 PM

Cory Sarich (back) has undergone an MRI, but the Avalanche don't have the results yet.

Sarich was scratched from Tuesday's contest due to the injury. Consider Sarich day-to-day for now.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 05:58:00 PM

Cory Sarich was a late scratch for Tuesday's contest because of a back ailment.

The Avalanche dressed 11 forwards in a 3-2 overtime win against Chicago due to Paul Stastny's leg injury. Losing Sarich before the game and Erik Johnson during it to injuries as well shortened the team's bench further. Consider Sarich day-to-day for now.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 09:38:00 AM

Cory Sarich will be in the Colorado lineup Sunday against Winnipeg.

It is not clear who will sit out to accommodate Sarich. Tyson Barrie and Nick Holden could be candidates.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Cory Sarich skated in Colorado's top-six defense group during Thursday's practice.

He was scratched for Tuesday's game against Chicago, but it looks like he'll be back Thursday in Phoenix. "I tried to use it to my advantage. Get some rest. Couple extra days, couple good sleeps," he said. "It is re-energizing, seeing your team have success like that and you have to sit there and watch it. Makes you want to be out there doing it." Nick Holden will take his spot in the press box.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 03:46:00 PM

Cory Sarich is expected to be a healthy scratch Tuesday.

Recently recalled defender Tyson Barrie is projected to play in his place. Coach Patrick Roy feels the 35-year-old rearguard could use a rest.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 06:01:00 PM

Cory Sarich looks as if he will be able to play Saturday night against the Panthers.

There was some question as to his availability but he is on the ice Saturday afternoon and looks good to go.
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 12:49:00 PM

Cory Sarich found the back of the net in Colorado's 2-1 win over Toronto Tuesday night.

His tally evened the game at 1-1 not long after the Leafs had taken a 1-0 lead. Sarich also picked up two penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating in the contest. The physical defender isn't known for his offense, but he can contribute hits and PIMs if he plays regularly. Sarich currently owns a plus-5 rating on the year, which ties him for second in the league.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 08:30:00 AM

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