Former NHLer Brett Lindros, brother of star forward Eric Lindros, was in fair condition Sunday after an early morning snowmobile accident in cottage country near Parry Sound, Ont.
His father, Carl Lindros, said the former New York Islander had internal injuries and "maybe a broken rib or two," his father said.
Dan Cameron, 25, of Toronto, the driver of the snowmobile on which Lindros was a passenger, was more seriously injured.
"Alcohol is a factor in the accident," Parry Sound OPP said in a statement.
An OPP spokesman declined further comment, saying the accident was under investigation.
Police say the snowmobile struck the rocky shoreline on Crane Lake, about 25 kilometres south of Parry Sound, about 3:30 a.m. EST. Parry Sound is about three hours north of Toronto.
A shaken Carl Lindros, speaking outside Sunnybrook Hospital where the two were taken, said his son's friend -- as driver of the snowmobile -- had borne the brunt of the impact.
"It doesn't appear that we're dealing with anything that's critical," he said. "They got lucky."
Carl Lindros didn't address the alcohol issue.
Brett Lindros, who underwent minor surgery in Toronto, was in good spirits, according to his father.
"Our doctors are saying his vital signs give us no cause for concern," said Sunnybrook hospital spokesman Craig DuHamel. "He's conscious. The prognosis is favourable."
DuHamel did not have any other information on the nature of the injuries.
There was no immediate update on Cameron's condition.
"They hit something and then Brett ran into him as his passenger," Carl Lindros said.
The accident happened on a weekend when Toronto newspapers were abuzz that Eric Lindros was about to be traded to his home-town Maple Leafs from the Philadelphia Flyers.
The two are close. Eric broke down into tears in 1997 when he talked about how concussions cut short his younger brother's career.
The two Lindros brothers played the same way -- like bulls in a china shop. Their physical, rambunctious style took a toll on opponents and themselves.
Concussions threatened the careers of both. They ended Brett's career and have forced Eric to watch from the sidelines for lengthy periods.
Police said the Lindros family have a cottage in the area where the accident occurred, although not on that lake.
A police spokesman said police were informed of the accident by the local ambulance service. There was only one snowmobile involved, police said.
Carl Lindros got the bad news about 10 a.m. EST.
"As parents, I guess we all go through this. We're all afraid of that phone call in the middle of the night or whenever," he said.
High winds and cold temperatures reportedly caused blowing snow in the Parry Sound area overnight.
Brett Lindros, 25, is currently the host of the Be a Player series, which airs on TSN.
Concussions forced the six-foot-four, 215-pound Brett Lindros to retire in May 1996 after just 51 games.
"When I was playing I was having memory loss even on the bench," he said at the time. "I'd get back to the bench and if I'd been hit out there sometimes I wouldn't remember what I did."
Three doctors told him to retire from hockey. He did, facing the fact that there was a chance of permanent vision impairment or brain damage if he received more concussions.
A first-round draft choice, Brett Lindros finished his career with two goals, five assists and 147 penalty minutes.
Concussions also put Eric Lindros' career on hold last season. He is currently training by himself in Toronto, awaiting a trade after turning down a $8.5-million US offer from the Flyers.
More than 30 people have died as a result of snowmobile-related accidents in Ontario this year, double the number of last year's fatalities.
Police say speed and alcohol were contributing factors in many of those deaths, while 70 per cent of the deaths occurred after dark.
Alcohol was a factor in 62 per cent of those deaths, the OPP reports.