An injury that occurred quickly in a play that appeared routine has produced tragedy after a Canadian recreational hockey player was left a quadriplegic last week. Richard Morrison, 47-years-old with a wife and two young kids, faces life in a wheelchair.
A website has been set up for donations to help the realtor who may not be able to work again. He was simply doing what countless others in Canada and elsewhere do, playing recreational ice-hockey. During the game, played in North Vancouver, he was chasing a puck and the other team's goalie came out. He tripped over the goalie's pad and when he hit the ice didn't get up. His neck was somehow broken in the fall.
Teammates support injured hockey player
A report on CTV news in B.C. notes his teammates have rallied to support Morrison. "There's no insurance, there's no recourse for him financially. And as the main income earner in his family with the two small children, he's got nowhere to turn," teammate Colin Melnyk told the news station.
Morrison is going to spend the next six months in hospital and when all is said and done he may have movement in his shoulders but it's not known if he'll be able to use his hands. He was the family's breadwinner and his wife, Sheila, says that she's just trying to remain strong for her husband and take care of their children. They will have to sell their home because it's not wheelchair accessible, so she has a lot to worry about all at once.
Brent Silzer, another teammate of Morrison's on the Titans, helped to set up a website for anyone who may wish to contribute to the family as they work to move forward from Dad's terrible injury. On the website Silzer writes that the family is very grateful for all the help and support they've received already and that a fundraiser is in the planning stages. For the moment, he notes, the hospital has a no visitor policy "until Richard progresses to a stage whereby he feels more comfortable and his condition is more stable."
That website is at richardmorrisonfund.org and donations there can be accepted via PayPal, CIBC direct deposits and Interac email transfers.