December 20, 2012

Harvard commit Newell ‘out of danger’ after car accident

By Jesse Connolly

Victor Newell, a 19-year-old USHL blueliner who is committed to Harvard, is reportedly “out of danger” following a single-vehicle car accident in Iowa, according to the Vancouver Sun.

A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Newell was lucky to have only suffered minor facial injuries after his vehicle left the road and slammed into a tree at high speed on Monday night.

Some feared the situation was initially much worse.

“Thoughts and prayers go out to #harvardhockey commit Victor Newell,” Crimson forward Colin Blackwell (North Andover, Mass.) tweeted Tuesday. “(He) was in a serious car crash and fighting for his life last night.”

"He is very lucky to come out with very minor injuries. He came out of it last night," his mother, Jan, told the Sun on Tuesday. "He was just incredibly lucky."

Newell, who had 12 points through 22 games for the Waterloo Black Hawks, sustained a fractured eye socket but suffered no damage to the eye itself. A CAT scan revealed no internal injuries. 

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.