USHR had posted an article about this incident and it is here:
With Teammates Like This…
5’11” Lincoln Stars (USHL) RD Ryan Lowery, a Colorado College recruit for fall ’08, was badly injured in a fight at practice last week.
Reportedly, Lowery’s teammate 6’1” forward Kyle Folmer was able to throw Lowery to the ice hard enough to pop out the defenseman’s shoulder. After getting Lowery’s jersey over his head, Folmer pounded away, breaking his teammate's jaw.
This happened at a captain’s practice. No coaches were on the ice.
Lowery’s jaw is wired shut. That should heal in due time. Of greater concern is Lowery’s shoulder, which will get looked at again right after Christmas. The ’88, who played last season with Team Illinois and was Lincoln’s #1 selection in the 2005 Futures Draft, could miss some serious time – possibly the rest of the season.
Folmer hasn’t missed a game.
Now, I think the right thing to do would to have investigated this matter a little more instead of writing up an article and make Kyle out to be the bad guy in this case. Of course, he didn't end up with any seperations or broken bones, but he could have just as easily.
Kate Crandall, who writes for the Colorado College Tigers, put up an excellent article and she had enough brains to talk with Lowery about it before jumping to conclusions.
Lowery and teammate Kyle Follmer fought after a competition-based practice in which the losing team had to do extra conditioning.
“Even though it’s supposed to be a fun day, it’s still a very competitive day,” coach Steve Johnson said.
Trash talk between the pair boiled over during post-practice stretches.
“It’s pretty common for there to be fights,” Lowery said. “It was more that we just got really competitive.
“We both got kind of angry at each other.”
Follmer, who did not suffer serious injuries in the fight, visited Lowery in the hospital. Otherwise, the two have not spoken, Lowery said, adding that he doesn’t hold a grudge.
So thanks Kate for putting up an excellent article and letting Lowery explain what happened. Now maybe people can let Kyle be. I'm sure he feels awful enough for injuring a teammate and ending his season.
Happy Holidays to everyone and a speedy recovery to Lowery!
Special thanks to USHR for the article.