Injured Cole returns for Carolina

June 17, 2006 at 8:57 PM

EDMONTON, Alberta, June 17 (UPI) -- Carolina Hurricanes left wing Erik Cole, not expected to play again this season, returned Saturday for Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals against Edmonton.

Cole suffered a serious neck injury in early March.

Cole had been skating with the team since Carolina reached the Eastern Conference Finals against Buffalo. But following results of the latest CT scan, the Hurricanes announced Cole was finished for the season.

Cole was cleared to play by doctors on Friday.

Cole was hurt during the third period of a March 4 game when he was hit from behind by Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik. Tests revealed the injury was a compression fracture in a vertebra.

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