Former Stanley Cup champion will sit out entire 2018-19 season due to devastating brain injury

Oh no… terrible news. All the best in his recovery.

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According to a Swedish language report from Swedish Hockey League (SHL) team Brynas HF, former Stanley Cup champion Daniel Paille will miss the entire 2018-19 season due to a brain injury. As a result, the team has bought out the final year of his multi year contract.

Paille was knocked out cold last season by a VICIOUS blindside hit by Thomas Larkin of the Mannheim Eagles during a Champions Hockey League game.

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Larkin was suspended four games for the hit and local police filed a report against him given the severity of the hit and Paille’s resulting injury. Again… just devastating. 

Check out the translated article from Brynas below:

Daniel Paille and Brynäs IF have signed an agreement to end the final year of the contract. Forwardn needs to focus on its rehabilitation - and at the same time wishes to thank the people of Gävle and Hockeysverige for all support. “I can not express enough how much I appreciated how the community in Gävle supported me during my two years in Brynäs,” says the 34-year-old forward.
Daniel Paille joined Brynäs season 16/17 via games in New York Rangers and two AHL clubs the season before.
Forwardn played an important role during his first season in Sweden and Gavlerinken when the club advanced to the SM final and fell against HV 71 in the fight for gold.
Even earlier this season, the former Canadian WJC captain had extended the contract and signed for another two years.
But it forced Paille and Brynäs terminate prematurely.
In November 2017, the forwarden suffered from a tackle against the head of the CHL match against German Adler Mannheim.
The head injury is still not healed today - and now it means that Paille and Brynäs break the contract so that the forwarden can spend all his time and power on healing and being able to live a normal life again.
-A regular day for me now is about trying to get better. I meet specialists to try to figure it out, but it’s still not good. In addition to the injury, I have a newborn son who was born a month ago. It is our first child and of course something we are very happy and excited about. There is another reason why I have to focus on coming back and being 100 percent again, says Paille.

The 34 year old Paille left the NHL for the SHL back in 2016-17, after a 10 year NHL career that saw him score 85 goals and 172 points in 582 games. He was a key part of the penalty kill on the 2010-11 Boston Bruins team that captured a Stanley Cup championship. 

The former 20th overall pick of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft also played for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers during his decade long NHL career.