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Senators miss presence of 'very caring' team doctor

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
Dr. Don Chow has lent a hand to the Senators as their team physician since the expansion season of 1992-93. He is currently battling to recover from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident over the weekend (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC).

Officially, he is listed as the team doctor on the Ottawa Senators' organizational chart.

But general manager Bryan Murray made it clear today that the absence of Dr. Don Chow — who is battling to recover from severe injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident on Saturday — is being felt on a much wider scale than that by everyone in the Senators family.

"The most important thing is that he's a friend," Murray said in speaking to reporters today about the situation facing one of Canada's most renowned orthopedic surgeons. "He's a very caring person. He's helped every one of us in one way or another. He takes time on a regular basis to do whatever is necessary for the team and the team members.

"When a person cares that much, you miss him as a part of your team. But we also know what his family must be going through while we wait for him to recover. We're going to miss him a great deal on the first day of training camp."

That sentiment is being felt throughout Scotiabank Place in regards to the man everyone knows affectionately as "Doc Chow," who has been with the Senators since their expansion season in 1992-93. He's become one of the team's biggest fans along the way.

"On behalf of the entire Senator organization, we want to wish Don Chow all the best in his recovery," said Murray. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him on a daily basis."

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