ICYMI: Rookie NHLer involved in serious car accident

Oh no… this is not good. Early reports are that he fell asleep behind the wheel.

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In case you missed the news yesterday, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard was involved in a serious single vehicle accident on Sunday night near his hometown of Roberval, Quebec.

According to a french language report from Canadian broadcaster RDS, police are not currently investigating Girard for intoxication and it’s not believed that drugs, alcohol or excessive speed were a factor in the crash. Rather, it seems that Girard fell asleep behind the wheel and subsequently lost control of the vehicle. Girard was reportedly on his way home following an appearance at a fundraising function, when he simply fell asleep from exhaustion.

Incredibly, Girard was uninjured as a result of the crash, but his 2018 Chevrolet Camaro looks a little worse for wear:

Here’s the french language report from RDS, translated into english:

Samuel Girard fell asleep at the wheel of his car Sunday at the end of the day on Route 169 in the Réserve faunique des Laurentides, according to reports from several Quebec media.
The Colorado Avalanche defender would have fallen asleep shortly after leaving home to train in Montreal, according to Le Quotidien.
The incident would have occurred about forty kilometers from Hebertville. Girard was then taken to Alma Hospital as a preventive measure, but he was not injured in the accident.
Girard scored 4 goals and 19 assists in 73 games with the Avalanche and Nashville Predators last season, his first in the National Hockey League. He was traded in early November in the exchange that sent Ottawa striker Kyle Turris to Nashville.

The 20 year old Girard had four goals and 23 points in 73 games split between the Avs and the Nashville Predators in his rookie season. He was a key piece of the three way deal between the Preds, Avs and Ottawa Senators that featured forwards Kyle Turris and Matt Duchene. The 5 foot, 10 inch, 160 pound blue liner was originally drafted in the 2nd round (47th overall) by the Predators in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft following a successful major junior career with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Shawinigan Cataractes. He quickly emerged as an impact player for the Avs following his early season trade and looks to be a major part of the team's blue line moving forward along with fellow youngsters Cale Makar and Conor Timmins.