BOSTON (CBS) – It looks like Marc Savard will get his name on the Stanley Cup.
The Boston Bruins confirmed to WBZ-TV on Monday that the NHL has approved the team’s request to have Savard’s name added to the Cup, despite not technically being eligible.
The NHL rulebook states that a player must appear in at least 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup Final game in order to have his name put on the Cup.
In the case of injury or other extenuating circumstances, a team must apply for an exemption.
General Manager Peter Chiarelli said at the end of the season that he would absolutely do that in Savard’s case.
Savard played in only 25 games during the 2010-11 season while dealing with lingering effects of a concussion suffered from the Matt Cooke hit in 2010.
He started the year on the IR, suffering from headaches, depression and memory loss. He returned in December, but was sidelined for the rest of the year after suffering another concussion in February.
The Bruins say Savard is still feeling the effects of that second concussion and is expected to miss all of the 2011-2012 season and possibly more.