February 2, 2010

NLL: Broken Hand Sidelines Mammoth's Gallant

from press release

DENVER – The Colorado Mammoth announced today that team captain John Gallant has a broken bone in his hand and is expected to miss up to six weeks.  The 31-year-old defenseman had missed just eight regular-season games in his first eight years in the National Lacrosse League.

“This is an unfortunate setback for John,” said Mammoth president, general manager and interim head coach Steve Govett.  “We expect a full recovery, but he will be missed for at least three games. John is a stalwart on our defense and will need to lead from the sidelines for a few weeks.  We are excited by our young group of defensemen that will replace him in the short-term.”

The Brantford, Ontario native has been a member of the franchise since 2002 when the team was formerly known as the Washington Power and played its home games in the nation’s capitol.  Gallant led the Mammoth to playoff appearances in all seven seasons of its existence in Colorado, and to the 2006 Champion’s Cup.

He is scheduled to have minor surgery later today.

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