Minnesota Wild Forward James Sheppard Breaks Kneecap: Suspension To Follow?

September 8th, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
Minnesota Wild forward James Sheppard was injured in an off-ice incident in Vail, Colorado, on Saturday. Sheppard was involved in an ATV accident and fractured his left kneecap. Sheppard had surgery on the injured leg later Saturday night.

Reports indicate that the injury will cause the former first-round draft pick to miss three to four months of the upcoming NHL season, which opens on October 7.

Standard player contracts contain the following clause: “If the player, in the judgment of the club’s physician, is disabled or not in good physical condition at the commencement of the season or at any subsequent time during the season (unless such condition is the direct result of any injury sustained during the course of his employment as a hockey player with the club, including travel with his team or on business requested by the club) so as to render him unfit to play skilled hockey, then it is mutually agreed that the club shall have the right to suspend the player for such period of disability or unfitness, and no compensation shall be payable for that period under this SPC.”

Sheppard’s salary for the 2010-2011 seasons is ...

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