Even with a 5 days of rest and a lot of rehab I wasn't able to get back in game shape for Friday's game against Iowa.
In the game against Providence last week, I was hit with a knee in the second period and
had a deep thigh bruise. I was able to play the rest of the game without any problems, but after the game was over, it swelled up pretty good, and I left the
rink with a limp.
After a day off on Monday, I still had trouble walking and bending my leg from the
swelling in my leg and i had to take Tuesday and Wednesday off from practice. This is never easy. Not only do you want to be healthy and get ready for the upcoming games, but your teammates always like to let you know that they still have to skate.
Needless to say I got a lot of comments about taking too many days off, being a little too soft, and milking an injury just a little too much. So not only do you have to
deal with an injury, but also with everyone's sarcasm.
Not being on the ice, I spent a lot of time with our trainer Kevin Kacer, in charge of keeping everyone as healthy as possible. Everyday he would put me through a whole regimen of warming my leg up in the hot tub, ultrasound, massage, bike, stretch, electric stim, and then an ice down of my leg, all trying to get the
blood out away from my thigh to a point where I could
When Friday came along, my movement had improved a lot, but my strength wasn't there. I spent the weekend resting my leg, not skating at all, and watching the games from the stands. It's never easy to watch a game when you should be playing in it.
But it made it a lot easier that we won 5 out of 6 points.
I know for myself, and some other guys I am sure, when you are hurt, it feels like everything gets put on hold while you rehab and get healthy. You're not around the team as much, not on the ice, and don't get to be in the locker room with all the guys during
games. Skating again on Tuesday was tough, the leg still stiff from my injury, and though it was getting better, I sat Wednesday's game out to try and strengthen it more for the upcoming weekend against Lake Erie and Peoria. Everyday has been better, and
hopefully it will be back to normal for the game on Friday.