It was late Sunday night when I had heard that one of the Ottawa Senators team doctors, Don Chow, had been involved in a tragic vehicle collision. The Ottawa Citizen reported that Chow was on his way to perform surgery when he was thrown from his motorcycle on Saturday afternoon. Chow sustained traumatic head and chest injuries from the fall and he currently lies in a coma in the Ottawa Hospital's ICU unit. According to some eyewitness accounts, Chow was travelling northbound on Fisher Avenue when his motorcycle struck the passenger side of a car that had pulled out in front of him.
There has been no update on his condition beyond the reports in this city's newspapers, however, the Senators organization has released this statement:
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators team doctor, Don Chow, was involved in a traffic accident late Saturday afternoon.
The entire Senators family wishes Dr. Chow a full recovery and our thoughts and support are with him and his family.
All medical updates on Dr. Chow’s status will be provided from his family through the Ottawa Hospital.
No further statements will be forthcoming from the club.
As an employee who has been with the organization since its modern inception in 1992, Chow eventually became a recognizable face for me. When my family had season tickets in section 109, it didn't take too long to realize that Chow and another member of the medical staff sat in the upper regions of section 111 near the zamboni entrance. Eventually his absences became synonymous with significant injuries. If a player would leave the ice and make his way back to to the locker room, you couldn't help but engage in a Pavlovian response and cast an eye in Chow's direction. If Chow stayed in his seat, everything was fine. If he left, odds are it was a disaster of Lindros v. Dackell proportions.
Here's hoping that Dr. Chow returns to his seat at SBP soon. Everyone's thoughts and prayers will be with him.