Les Borsheim, a versatile player – and fan favorite – for the Colorado Eagles over the past three years, was seriously injured on Sunday afternoon after being ejected from his motorcycle on Weld County Road 60 ˝. Borsheim was air-lifted to North Colorado Medical Center, and classified as in critical condition.
Critically injured Colorado Eagles hockey player Les Borsheim is covering from surgery and breathing on his own crashing his motorcycle Sunday.
Eagles Coach Chris Stewart said Monday afternoon Borsheim was recovering from spinal fusion surgery. There is no word yet if Borsheim suffered any paralysis due to his motorcycle crash.
“Right now, he is resting comfortably and is 100 percent stable,” Stewart said.
Borsheim was air-lifted to North Colorado Medical Center, and classified as in critical condition.
Borsheim underwent successful surgery last night on his neck, performed by neurosurgeon Dr. John Viola, and is currently resting in the hospital's intensive care unit, according to the Colorado Eagles.
North Colorado Medical Center spokesman Gene Haffner says Borsheim remained in critical condition Monday.
According to the Associated Press, the State Patrol says Borsheim was riding his motorcycle on Weld County Road 60 1/2 on Sunday afternoon when he missed a right-hand curve and went off the left side of the road. He was not wearing a helmet. Borsheim faces charges of driving under the influence and careless driving.
“He's breathing on his own,” Stewart said. “We are seeing how things are going to work out.”
Borsheim's family, traveling from Canada, is expected to be in northern Colorado this evening.
Representatives from Colorado Eagles said they would not discuss the issue of alcohol being a factor in Brosheim's crash.
Stewart said the player is in high spirits.
“He has the same old laugh,” he said. “He's a fighter and has a great attitude and that is what is important. Everyone is here supporting him.”