Yesterday, the Atlanta Blaze announced that MLL leading scorer Kevin Rice is out for the remainder of the 2016 season due to a knee injury during practice just hours before the MLL All Star Game.
Over the course of 9 games, Rice amassed 58 points and 37 goals to lead the league. As for assists, he was tied at 29 with Rob Pannell of the New York Lizards and Joe Walters of the Chesapeake Bayhawks. In addition, Rice takes credit for over one quarter of the first-year franchise’s 218 points. Clearly, sidelining Rice will be a major loss for the Blaze, especially with playoffs rapidly approaching next month.
“While we are disappointed that Kevin will be unable to complete this season with the Blaze, I and the entire Blaze organization will always hold the health of our players as the number one priority. We are confident that with the proper rest and therapy under the guidance of doctors and training staff, Kevin will return at full strength for the start of the 2017 season.”
-Peter Trematerra, Owner of Atlanta Blaze (MLL)
The Blaze stand three games out of first place and two out of a playoff spot. However, even during the most stressful of times, the boys of the Blaze refuse to overheat and continue to support Rice as he will undergo surgery within the next few weeks.
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