Western Pa. natives Trocheck, Houser avoid major injury in car accident

| Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 10:18 p.m.

Western Pennsylvania natives Vince Trocheck and Michael Houser — both of whom play for the San Antonio Rampage, the Florida Panthers' AHL affiliate — are OK Saturday night following a car accident in Texas.

Trocheck, an Upper St. Clair native and Florida's third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was in the passenger seat with Houser, a Wexford resident, while they drove to a game Saturday between San Antonio and Rochester at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Houser was driving.

According to Trocheck's father, both players were “dinged up” but still wanted to play. However, San Antonio coach Tom Rowe, who was nearby when the accident took place, decided it wouldn't be prudent for either player to participate.

Trocheck's head left a crack in the windshield, but tests revealed he doesn't have a concussion.

Houser, an undrafted goaltender, starred at London (OHL) before signing this season with the Panthers. He is 5-4 in 10 appearances with San Antonio.

Trocheck, considered one of Florida's best prospects, led the OHL in scoring last season and, despite playing much of this season with a shoulder injury, leads San Antonio with 27 points in 37 games.

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