On November 6th against the Calgary Hitmen, Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Morgan Rielly crashed hard into the net and left the game with what was called a lower body injury at the time.
Last week the Warriors confirmed that it was in fact a knee injury, and a recent MRI has shown the injury to be significant.
"He had an MRI done last week that is usually required in a knee injury to get a full picture of the knee. You have to get a good look at the knee in terms of what damage has or hasn't been done," said Director of Hockey Operations Alan Millar.
Upon hearing the severity of the injury, Millar says Rielly was obviously upset, but after the news sunk in he's done a good job trying to stay positive.
"He cares very much for the community, the hockey club, his teammates, and just loves to play the game. He had a couple of days where it hit him and it was difficult. Morgan's a sharp kid, he's very positive and enthusiastic, now he's at the point where he says 'ok this had to get done and now I have to work as hard as I can to rehab and get back here as soon as I can'".
Millar informed us that Morgan has gone home to Vancouver to start his recovery, and hopefully have surgery next week. "We've been in consultation with two highly capably, experienced veteran sport medical people affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks. Right now the priority is Morgan, his health, and getting him the right people to get him looked after."
Millar went on to add that there is no definite timeline in terms of his return. "Whether that's four to five months, whether it's six to nine months, whether he has an opportunity to return this year or not certainly won't be determined until after the surgery and they see how things went and he get's into his rehab."
"Certainly he's a young guy, he's an athlete, he's in great shape, all those things are in his favour in terms of rehabbing quickly," added Millar.