Great news that New Canaan native Max Pacioretty was back in a competitive environment Wednesday night more than four months after a severe concussion and fractured vertebrae ended last season for the Montreal Canadiens left wing.
Pacioretty said he felt “weird” as he skated with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Martin St. Louis, who lives in Greenwich, and the New York Islanders’ Matt Moulson in the Big Assist III charity game at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford. The event benefits the Obie Harrington-Howes Foundation, which has handed out more than $2 million to help improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and diseases. It was founded after Harrington-Howes, a hockey and lacrosse coach in Darien, was paralyzed in a swimming accident 14 years ago. Among those he coached in youth hockey were Darien’s Ryan Shannon, who organized the event, and Stratford’s Jaime Sifers, who will play in Germany this season.