University of Maine redshirt freshman right winger Tommy Reimann will be sidelined indefinitely by post-concussion syndrome.
Reimann, who has suffered two concussions this season, had been skating with the team since their return from the holiday break on Sunday evening.
He had hoped to play this Friday when Maine meets Colorado College in the Denver Cup Tournament.
But, according to trainer Paul Culina, Reimann’s headaches have persisted so his status is “up in the air.”
Maine coach Shawn Walsh said Reimann had looked “very good” in practice but doctors said Reimann must go two weeks without headaches before taking the ice again.
So Reimann has returned to his home in Blaine, Minn.
The spring semester doesn’t start until Jan. 24.
Reimann had three assists in seven games.
“He has already had two concussions. This isn’t something you can play around with,” said junior left wing Matthias Trattnig, Reimann’s roommate.
“I feel bad for him. Hopefully, we’ll get him back sometime. He’s a good player,” said Bear senior right wing and assistant captain Jim Leger.
In other medical news, Bear senior center-right winger Magnus Lundback has returned to his native Sweden and, according to twin brother Anders, will see a heart specialist Wednesday for his irregular heartbeat.
Magnus has played in just two games and hasn’t played since Nov. 20.
Bears get oxygenated water
Bear coach Walsh didn’t feel his team played well in Colorado last season even though it beat Denver 4-3 and tied Colorado College 3-3.
He read an article in The Hockey News magazine that said the Stanley Cup champion Dallas Stars benefited from a special brand of oxygenated water when they played in Colorado during the playoffs.
So Walsh contacted the company, Oxenergy Bottled Water Co. in Woodbridge, Ontario, and his team will be taking some of the water to the Denver Cup Tournament.
“When we went out there last year, we had no energy in either game,” said Walsh. “The water helped the Stars offset the effect of the altitude. Like anything, some (NHL) players said it has a great effect and others said it has no effect.”
Walsh figures his team has nothing to lose.
“Anything would help,” said Walsh.
Bates College building track, fields
Bates College in Lewiston has announced it will begin construction on three new athletic facilities next spring.
The school plans to build an all-weather outdoor track and field complex, a softball field, and an artificial surface field for field hockey and practices. The facilities are expected to be ready for use by the spring of 2001.
The new outdoor track will enable the Bobcats to hold a home meet for the first time since 1976, while the infield is large enough to accommodate a soccer pitch. The artificial turf field will be lighted, allowing Bates teams to expand their possibilities for practice as well as intramural and club activities.
UMaine’s McGeoghan honored
Phil McGeoghan of the University of Maine is among 57 student-athletes to be recognized on the Atlantic 10 Football Conference All-Academic Team.
McGeoghan, a junior wide receiver from Feeding Hills, Mass., earned a 3.27 grade point average while studying marketing. He was the only Black Bear to be so recognized.
Honorees must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and be a starter or key reserve on his team.
MMA’s Tardif earns accolade
Steve Tardif of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine has been named to Don Hansen’s Football Gazette East Region All-Star Second Team.
The record-setting senior from Biddeford, who racked up numerous honors for coach Mike Hodgson’s Mariners, set NCAA Division III career marks for 31 100-yard rushing games; 1,567 rushing attempts and 1,311 all-purpose plays.
Thomas field named after Ryan
Thomas College in Waterville has announced it will named its baseball field in honor of H. Allen Ryan, a member of the school’s board of directors.
Ryan, the founder and president of NorthCenter Foodservice of Augusta, helped make the field possible with significant financial contributions.