Thursday, January 27, 2011

Josh Berge out for remainder of season

Courtesy USHL Images
This is definitely not the kind of news I wanted to report, but the Lincoln Stars website made it official tonight.  Here's the quote from the Stars website:
The 2010-11 season for Stars' forward Josh Berge appears to be over after continued complications from a concussion suffered in early December.  The Oklahoma City native had experienced 3-4 previous concussions during his midget and junior career, and battled other injuries since coming to Lincoln in a trade with Tri City last season.  Known for his vision and play-making ability, Berge was selected as captain by his teammates at the start of the 2010-11 season. 
The decision not to return this season was made after consulting with team physicians, Stars' trainer Corey Courtney, and Josh's family.  Josh will remain in Lincoln while continuing his rehabilitation.  A future return to hockey has not been ruled out, but it's unlikely that it would occur this season.

"We'll miss Josh a great deal as a hockey player, but know this is the best decision for him in the long term," said Stars Head Coach Chad Johnson.  "It's obvious what he means to our team, but his health is the most important consideration right now.  We're thankful that he's planning on staying in Lincoln during his rehab, because we know how important he is to this team, even if he's not on the ice.
As a result, the team has selected Brent Tate and Garrett Peterson to wear the "C"s, with John McCarron and Ryan Dzingel selected as alternate captains.

You have to really feel for a kid like Berge.  After battling back from a knee injury late last season, Josh appeared to be ready to finish his last year of junior hockey with the Stars on a high note.  I remember watching him at the tryouts in Omaha back in June of last year, and he was by far the best player on the ice.  I don't believe he was that far removed from knee rehab, yet he was out there busting his ass at tryouts, and setting a good example for the young guys on the team.  He was never the biggest guy on the ice, but he had a huge heart, and he was a warrior.  He will definitely be missed.  This is a big loss for the Stars.

Here at the B³, we wish him all the best with his recovery, and with his future endeavors.  


Googles said...

Sad news, but better to play it safe with head injuries.

Brandon Anderson said...

That sucks for Josh but the coach is right the health is the most important thing here. Heres to him getting back to 100% and good luck in the future

Yeti said...

The LJS is reporting that defenseman Kyle Quick is also done for the season because of symptoms related to the concussion he received.

Not good.

Layla said...

Not something you want to hear, but like has been stated before, their health is the most important thing. Best of luck to Berge and Quick, hopefully they'll be able to return to hockey.

nutz4puckz said...

Yikes....That's not good news indeed, but they are right on, you can't fool around with the head injuries. Best of luck to both Kyle and Josh. Pretty cool that Josh is going to stay in Lincoln and be with the guys the rest of the season.

Hey Hey Whadda Ya Say said...

Definitely bad of luck to both Josh and Kyle in their future endeavors. I do like that Coach is enlisting Berge's skills and leadership qualities to benefit the team instead of saying "goodbye"...can't wait to greet "Coach Berge" in the IceBox hallways.

I'd also like to congratulate Petey, Tate, Dzingel, and McCarron...well deserved !

Lets GO STARS !!!