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March 1, 2013

Methuen teen, his savior get royal treatment at Bruins game


Monbleau, whose new jersey bore number 13, brought her husband, Kirk, to the game. Barron brought his parents, sisters and girlfriend.

After the game, Barron looked forward to meeting center Brad Marchand, his favorite player.

On Jan. 14, Barron, a forward on Methuen’s varsity hockey team, suffered a life-threatening injury when he collided with a Gloucester player on the ice. The Gloucester player’s skate sliced Barron’s wrist, severing 12 tendons and an artery.

Monbleau, formerly a full-time athletic trainer at Methuen High School, rushed onto the ice from next to the Methuen bench before the play was blown dead. Barron was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Boston, where doctors said quick action by Monbleau, trainer Al Delano and the Fire Department’s emergency medical staff saved his life.

Surgeons reattached the tendons and laid the nerves together to heal. Barron was fitted with a cast that kept his wrist bent while the tendons knitted. On Feb. 11, the cast was removed and replaced with a brace.

He is able to move his hand and fingers, though movement is slow and weak, said his father, Scott Barron. Brady does occupational therapy three times a week to rebuild strength in his hand. He is expected to fully recover after several months.

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