The New York Islanders have shot down a rumour that goaltender Rick DiPietro suffered a broken shoulder and pelvis in a car accident, stating that the report was a complete fabrication.
The alleged car crash was initially reported by an anonymous caller on 1050 ESPN radio in New York and quickly gathered steam via Twitter, with some reports stating that DiPietro had passed away.
Newsday is reporting that Islanders general manager Garth Snow has talked to DiPietro and the 28-year old netminder said that he was fine.
Originally the Islanders first overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, DiPietro's once promising career has been sidetracked with numerous knee and hip injuries since signing an enormous 15-year, $67.5 million contract in 2006. This past season he played in only 8 games for the Islanders, posting a .900 save percentage and 2.60 goals against average.