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St. Lawrence Nominates Hockey Player for Hobey Baker Award

A financial services professional since 1998, St. Louis, Missouri resident James Giacin played in the National Hockey League (NHL) in Los Angeles and trained with the St. Louis Blues. Before his 10-year career with the NHL, James Giacin played hockey at St. Lawrence University in New York State.

In January 2023, St. Lawrence University picked its candidate for the Hobey Baker Award, given to athletes who exhibit the traits of Hobey Baker. Mr. Baker was a great hockey and football player at Princeton, considered one of America’s best amateur athletes, and a World War I pilot and hero. Athletes chosen for the award typically have strong character and integrity and are outstanding team players.

The award is given through the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation, but candidates are nominated by NCAA Division I head coaches. Fifth-year goalie for the St. Lawrence Saints, Emil Zetterquist, was a 2023 pick, this being the second season he was chosen for the award. This season alone, Zetterquist played for 1,260 minutes and started 22 times. Throughout his career, he has played in 96 games, which places him in third highest in the number of games played.

Treatments for Common Hockey Injuries

James Giacin is a former ice hockey player and coach in St. Louis, Missouri, where he gained extensive experience in professional, international, college, junior, and prep school ice hockey. After an impressive career playing for the Los Angeles Kings, James Giacin was inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.

Hockey is a popular sport enjoyed by more than a million athletes worldwide, with athletes competing in various leagues each year. A high-energy sport, hockey has a significant risk of injury due to the fast pace, which results in frequent collisions between players.

One common injury is a concussion, a brain injury caused by a blow to the head. There are several symptoms triggered by concussion, such as headaches and dizziness, which necessitate an immediate evaluation by a trained physician. Treatments for concussion include exertion training, vestibular therapy, and exercises aimed at improving players’ motor skills and reflexes.

Another common hockey injury is an acromioclavicular (AC) joint injury, a shoulder wound that occurs when the shoulder is hit, and the ligaments are sprained or severed. Severe AC joint injuries typically require surgery accompanied by six months or more post-surgery rehabilitation.

In addition, minor cases of AC are often treated with physiotherapy. This physiotherapy typically includes range-of-motion (ROM) exercises such as heel slides and ankle squats.