An Empty Seat On The Bus

Long bus rides, small crowds and the dreaded three games in three nights are all part of the package for players in the AHL. Last night the Bridgeport Sound Tigers played against the Norfolk Admirals losing another tough game falling 3-2 in a hard fought comeback attempt from a 2-0 deficit.

So once again it's back on the bus for another long ride to Wilkes-Barre Scranton and a 5 o'clock game against another tough opponent. This time, however, there will be an empty seat on the bus.

Tomas Marcinko, a 2006 draft pick for the Isles, caught an errant skate blade to the throat mid way through the second period. Alert and talking he was taken to the hospital in Norfolk for emergency surgery. An update on his condition will be coming later today.

2011 was not kind to Marcinko. He lost some very close friends in the KHL on September 7th when the Lokomotiv team was lost in a tragic plane crash. He and Anton Klementyev (who trained withe the team in the off season) were both closley attached to many who lost their lives that day.

As our thoughts and prayers went out to all affected by that September tragedy, as 2011 ends our thoughts and prayers are with Tomas.

-Mike Flannery

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