Ben Fanelli has spent close to two years working on his comeback. At a press conference tomorrow in Kitchener, he’ll be one step closer when the Rangers announce the 18-year-old defenceman has been cleared to rejoin the Ontario Hockey League team.
Fanelli made headlines and highlights after being violently hit from behind by then-Erie Otters forward Mike Liambas during a game on October, 31, 2009. He was airlifted from Kitchener to Hamilton General Hospital where he spent a week after sustaining serious injuries – skull and facial fractures – and a gash above his right eye which has left a permanent mark.
“It was quite intense to overcome,” Fanelli told Yahoo! Sports in an interview last March about the incident. “Initially, it was just to make sure I was OK to continue a regular life that was the biggest fear, but once I realized I was OK, then the worry of returning to hockey came in.
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