Saturday, October 31, 2009

Update on Ben Fanelli

Press Release

The Kitchener Rangers organization would like to provide an update on the condition of Ben Fanelli who was injured during the Rangers game on Friday, October 30th against the Erie Otters.

Ben was conscious and transported to Grand River Hospital then immediately air lifted to Hamilton General Hospital.

As of early this morning he is in intensive care and listed in critical but stable condition.

He suffered a head injury which included skull and facial fractures and a laceration above the eye that was the cause of blood loss.

"Ben's parents and family experienced something that we all wish would never happen", said Chief Operating Officer of the Kitchener Rangers, Steve Bienkowski.

"Their focus and concern for their son needs to be respected. I can't stress enough the need to respect their privacy and that all media inquires and announcements will be made through the Rangers organization. Our immediate focus will be to assist the Fanelli family and our players as we all deal with Ben's injuries."

The Rangers organization and the Fanelli family would like to thank the teams, families and fans for their support of Ben.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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