North Dakota hockey player ‘lucky to be alive’

Centre ice at University of North Dakota's hockey arena, where Lisa Marvin played her collegiate home games. (Grand Folks Herald staff photo)

A player for the University of North Dakota women’s hockey team may never play hockey again, but she’s lucky to be alive after being hit by a car on Monday.

Lisa Marvin, a 20-year-old forward with UND’s team, was filling up her truck on the side of the road after it ran out of gas when another vehicle ran into the back of her pickup and flung her into the air before she landed on the pavement.


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According to Brad Elliott Schlossmann of the Grand Forks Herald the accident occurred around 1:20 pm on Monday.

Marvin’s arm was severely broken between her shoulder and elbow, and there was a sizeable hole where the bone went through her skin.

She’s “really, really, really lucky to be alive,” David Marvin, her father, told Schlossman.

Two men were charged in the incident. The driver of the vehicle that struck Martin was charged with aggravated reckless driving, while another driver was charged with racing.

The UND sophomore underwent about three hours of surgery on Monday evening to insert two separate plates in her arm to aid in bone regeneration. She’s also dealing with nerve damage in her arm and is unable to straighten it out or make a fist.

Marvin also requires reconstructive surgery on her knee at some point to repair the damage done by the accident.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work on her part if life can be normal again,” her father said. “She’s going to have a ton of doctor appointments, check-ups and X-rays. It’s going to be a very, very long road of rehab in front of her. At the moment, she’s extremely uncomfortable, even with the (painkillers). Her best time is when her teammates come and visit her. That takes her mind off the pain.”

Although her young collegiate career is in question just 12 games into her sophomore season, her family and friends are happy that it wasn’t any worse.

“We’re blessed that she’s alive with what she went through. It’s a miracle that she didn’t get hurt worse,” her father said.

Marvin scored her first goal of the season last Friday against Bemidji State.

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