According to media reports out of Germany, former Merrimack College forward Greg Classen was removed from the ICU of a German hospital on Sunday after becoming the victim of a knife attack on Saturday, as the Lusatian Foxes were wrapping up their season with a party for supporters and fans.
One German newspaper quoted a Facebook post from Classen’s longtime girlfrield, Susan Njeri.
“Thank you for so much love and prayers for Greg,” it read. “He’s recovering quite well and it all sounds positive. We appreciate your support for the whole family.
“No words can describe what Greg’s family and I have been through in the last 30 hours. These were the most terrifying moments of my life. But the support of our friends give us strength. Greg is a little better and he was able to leave the intensive care unit. He now needs a lot of rest and I hope for a speedy recovery.”
Reports say that Classen was with two other teammates as they left the party, held at Café Europa. He went outside on Königsbrücker Street, in front of the restaurant, to get a taxi while the two teammates paid the bill inside the restaurant.
The attacker was described as an man between 18-20 years old. He attacked Classen from behind, stabbing him in the back, leg and on the side of his head, near his temple, according to reports.
Classen’s two teammates wrestled the attacker off of him, according to reports, but the suspect escaped as they tried to help Classen, who was injured on the ground.
“The search for the man running,” a police spokesperson said. “We have determined a charge for attempted manslaughter.”
Classen is being treated at Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus Dresden.