What’s the scoop on Bakersfield Condors Scott Borders’ leg injury? - By N.L. Bobblehead
Devin indicated that ice conditions on the night of game seven were comparable to conditions during the ECHL all-star game held at the Save Mart Center several months ago. “The ice definitely wasn’t to the conditions with Fresno when concrete was exposed in an earlier game… I think we have to attribute Borders’ fall to losing an edge. He lost his balance from going to the puck hard and his momentum carried him into the boards.”
I phoned one of my other media contacts who saw a replay of the incident. “He clearly lost his balance, and it looks like his leg fractured when he went into the boards,” said Puck from The Puck Show.
But was it bad ice?
Scott Borders fell off balance, skidded out of control and shattered the toughest bone in his body—the mighty femur. I’m talking about a bone so tough that cavemen once used them to knock out Mastodons.
It still could have been the bad ice.
I’m telling you right now I have never personally seen a hockey injury as strange and as devastating (except for a broken neck I once saw on television). Although I have seen a near roller hockey equivalent. Just ask one-time roller hockey MVP Landen Belardes (AKA The War Days director, Dirty Spanglish). He has quite the championship hockey game injury story, where his team was losing 4-3, he scored all his team’s goals, and then suffered a severe injury along the boards which resulted in the rest of the game being cancelled. Are you aware that you can die from a broken femur? A femoral shaft fracture always requires surgery where an intramedullary rod is inserted into the bone marrow canal. Not pleasant to contemplate at dinner, breakfast, or just after a fall while losing an edge, or on “bad ice”.
Intramedullary rod fixation for repair of an injury to the femoral shaft.
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Should the game have been cancelled?
Only if there had been bad ice, which sounds like a difficult case to prove in the instance of Scott Borders devastating injury…
In the meantime, do yourself a favor and root for the Fresno Falcons over the Alaska Aces. You don't want the old Scott Gomez team to win, do you?
And if you're going to blame anyone in Fresno for bad ice, try this bird: