Wounded SEAL Gets Puck Time with NHL

Aaron Flint posted on October 19, 2012 07:39 :: 9726 Views

Comcast Sports Net Washington has a must-read article on a Navy SEAL from Billings, Montana who was severely wounded earlier this summer in Afghanistan.  Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach has been undergoing treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  

Last Friday, Reichenbach trained with the Washington Capitals NHL hockey team.  Here’s part of the must-read story: 

Less than three months after losing both his legs while serving in Afghanistan, Reichenbach suited up in his goalie gear, strapped himself into a sledge hockey sled and spent more than an hour stopping pucks from Nicklas Backstrom, Jason Chimera, Matt Hendricks, Jay Beagle and John Carlson at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

“They asked me if they needed to take it easy on me,” said Reichenbach, 24. “And I said, ‘No. Bring it on.’”

Three weeks ago he began walking on prosthetic legs and after trying sledge hockey three or four times, Reichenbach decided it was time to accept Hendricks’ invitation. His father, Donald, drove him to the Capitals’ practice rink in Arlington on Friday and for the next hour he took hundreds of pucks in the chest, face and arms.

Recently, American Legion Post #117 in Billings held a fundraiser at ZooMontana. In one evening, they raised nearly $20,000 for Reichenbach.

Click here to read the full article by CSN Washington.

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