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Girard had 'an angel' beside him

June 12, 2018, 1:54 PM ET [17 Comments]
Rick Sadowski
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Samuel Girard is one fortunate guy.

The Avalanche defenseman was involved in a single-car accident last Sunday evening but wasn’t injured.

Girard, who turned 20 in May, fell asleep while driving near his home of Roberval, Quebec. The car left the road, hit a parapet and had front-end damage.

The vehicle, a black Chevrolet Camaro, had been loaned to him for the summer by the Duchesne Auto car dealership in Alma, Quebec.

“The car that was loaned to him has an anti-collision device,” Tony Girard, who is Samuel’s father, told le Quotidien (the Daily), a French language newspaper. “When there is an accident, a message is sent. We received a call from the company at home telling us that the Camaro had been involved in an accident.

“Meanwhile, Sam was trying to call us to tell us he was OK, but he had no signal and he was not able to reach us. We lived an hour of total anguish. We thought about the worst.

"He fell asleep, he blinked. It happens quickly, these things. It must be said that he had a very big weekend. He has been involved in two big causes for children and has also been to Relay For Life in Saint-Félicien. Usually, these hockey players there, it's a nap in the afternoon. He was very tired.”

Samuel Girard was taken to Alma Hospital as a precautionary measure.

"Everything was fine, except for a little minor neck pain,” Tony Girard told the paper. “There was an angel next to him.”

The Avalanche acquired Girard on Nov. 5 from Nashville in the multiplayer, three-team trade that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa. He had 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) in 68 games with the Avalanche after collecting a goal and two assists in five games with the Predators.

Girard played in three games against Nashville in the Avalanche’s six-game loss in the first round of the playoffs, missing three games because of an upper-body injury.

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