Marc Savard will probably never play professional hockey again, and to add insult to his very serious brain injury, there was a real possibility this offseason that he wouldn't get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup alongside his Boston Bruins teammates.
According to NHL rule, players that play less than half of the regular season are not eligible to have their name placed on the Cup should their team win. Savard played just 25 games during the 2010-11 season thanks to lingering concussion symptoms, and it's those same symptoms that will likely lead to his ultimate retirement.
But exceptions can be made, and that's good news for Savard.
Marc Savard will have his name etched into the Stanley Cup along with the rest of the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup champion Bruins, according to a hockey source.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said the Bruins would do all they could for the NHL to make an exception for Savard (as well as defenseman Steven Kampfer). In the injured center's case, the team's efforts were not put to waste.
No word on if Kampfer will get the same treatment, especially since most of his missed games came as a result of playing in the AHL with Providence, but neverthless, it's great to see Savard get his name on the Cup.
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