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Accident puts Twist in hospital

Blues enforcer Tony Twist, who recently led a motorcycle ride to raise money for charity, was hospitalized in intensive care Tuesday following a motorcycle accident.

St. John's Mercy Medical Center issued a statement Tuesday saying surgery to stabilize Twist's pelvis injury is scheduled this week.

The accident happened Monday night in Creve Coeur, a suburb of St. Louis. Police said a car pulled out of a parking lot in front of Twist's motorcycle, and he struck the car.

No charges have been filed, and none were likely, police Capt. Dale Bailey said. The driver of the car was also hurt. His condition was not known.

Blues general manager Larry Bailey said Twist was able to speak after the accident. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on its Web site that Twist also injured his knee.

The 10-year veteran had recently completed his Iron Horse '99 tour, a 1,500-mile motorcycle ride, raising money for Head First, a charity that encourages children to wear a helmet when biking or skating.

Twist is an unrestricted free agent and has yet to sign with a team.

LIGHTNING PROMOTES GOERTZEN: Long-time Lightning amateur scout Jake Goertzen was named scouting coordinator, the team announced Tuesday. Goertzen, 47, will oversee assignments and scheduling for the scouting staff. He will continue to scout amateurs in western Canada and prospects in North America and Europe.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Defenseman Jason Marshall signed a two-year contract with Anaheim.

PENGUINS: Restricted free-agent forwards Alexei Kovalev and Robert Lang agreed on multiyear contracts.

PREDATORS: Goaltender Corey Hirsch and forward Steve Washburn, both unrestricted free agents, signed.

SENATORS: Free-agent defenseman Janne Laukkanen re-signed a one-year agreement.

THRASHERS: Atlanta named Pete Mahovlich as a professional scout. Mahovlich spent the past two seasons as a scout for the Lightning.

_ Staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.

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