College puck star remains on life support

BRIAN GRAY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

A 22-year-old man made a brief court appearance yesterday while the man he allegedly tried to kill was clinging to life in a downtown hospital.

Nicholas Crowdis, of no fixed address, stood in the prisoners' box in a basement courtroom of Old City Hall.

He spoke with defence counsel before asking to be remanded until Dec. 4 for a possible bail hearing.

Toronto Police allege Crowdis hit 25-year-old Michael Serba on the head with a brick early Saturday morning and have charged him with attempted murder.

Serba and a group of friends were at a bar near Jane and Bloor Sts. when the former U.S. college hockey star went to a bank machine.

He returned to the bar telling his buddies he had been sucker-punched, police said. When the group left the bar to pursue the attacker, Serba encountered the man again and was viciously struck in the head in an alleyway leading to the Jane subway station, police alleged.

He remained on life-support at St. Michael's Hospital in critical condition with family keeping vigil in the intensive care unit.

Serba was visiting home from Norwich University in Vermont for the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend.

He played four seasons for the Norwich Cadets, winning the NCAA Division III championship in his first year and wearing the captain's "C" in his final season. He was taking graduate level courses this year.

brian.gray@tor.sunpub.com


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