Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Howden Suffers Injury At World Jr Camp

A hit on Moose Jaw Warrior Quinton Howden at Canada's World Junior Selection Camp last night in Calgary has everyone talking.

The incident happened in the second period of Canada's second intrasquad game of the camp. Howden was along the boards with the puck between his feet, Brett Connolly hit Howden in the chest and knocked him into the boards, Howden then struggled to get off the ice on his own.

"I thought Connolly was finishing his check, it might have been a little bit late," said Canada Head Coach Don Hay. "We asked him to play a little more physical tonight and he did that."

"Well it's a tough play, just trying to finish my check and he's kind of in a vulnerable position," said Connolly, who's on loan to Canada from the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.

"If I were to go back maybe would have held up a little bit. I'm just trying to be intense and finish my check's, and obviously feel bad now. Hopefully he's not hurt to bad, but definitely could have held up a little bit," added Connolly.

"His upper body injury will be re-evaluated tomorrow (Tuesday), he's going to be looked at and see how he's doing," said Hay on the status of Howden.

Coming into today, Hay says that there's obvious concern about the Moose Jaw Warrior going forward. "You're always worried about it, especially a guy that played last year and has experience. We hope everything will be OK."

Team Red beat team White 2-0 in the intrasquad game, Brandon Wheat King Mark Stone scored the game winner five minutes into the third period.

Hockey Canada is expected to announce it's first round of cuts today, the remaining players will take on a group of CIS All Stars tonight, the final roster announcement will be made tomorrow.

Canada's first pre-competition game is December 19th, they open the World Junior Hockey Championships Boxing Day against Finland.

Country 100 is once again the home of Canada in southern Saskatchewan, catch all of their games on the radio as they battle back to the top of the World Junior mountain.

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