Hockey star in grave shape

CHRIS DOUCETTE -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

A former U.S. college hockey star continues to cling to life in a Toronto hospital two days after a vicious attack in the city's west end.

But Toronto Police investigators say Michael Serba is on life-support in the intensive care unit at St. Michael's Hospital and it's unlikely he will ever recover.

The 25-year-old came home from Norwich University in Vermont to spend the American Thanksgiving weekend with his parents and was out with friends at a bar in Bloor West Village before being assaulted early Saturday morning.

Police say Serba left Bryden's Bar at Jane and Bloor Sts. to go to an ATM across the street around 12:30 a.m.

He returned to the bar and told his friends he had been "sucker-punched."

ASSAILANT SEARCH

Serba and his group of friends left in search of his assailant and moments later it's believed he encountered the same man in an alley near the Jane subway station and was hit in the head -- possibly with a brick.

Police arrested Nicholas Crowdis, 22, a short while later and charged him with attempted murder.

Crowdis is expected to make a court appearance at Old City Hall for a bail hearing today.

Homicide detectives are monitoring the case.

Serba played four seasons for the Norwich Cadets. He won a National championship with the NCAA Division III club in his first year and was named team captain in his final year.


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