OTTERS UPDATE: Pelech out of Canada's World Juniors camp

   July 29, 2013 9:52 am    0

 

Erie Otters D Adam Pelech has withdrawn from Hockey Canada’s World Junior summer camp because his wrist, which was surgically repaired for the third time this past May 1, didn’t heal as quickly as initially expected. Pelech had surgery to fix a bone that hadn’t healed properly.
The cast was removed about two weeks ago, which was two to three weeks later than Pelech had hoped. “It ended up taking about 11 (weeks). If it would have taken eight or nine weeks, I probably would have been able to play (in the WJC camp),” said Pelech, who originally fractured his wrist early in the 2011-12 Ontario Hockey League season. He underwent the first surgery shortly after suffering the injury, and then the second procedure in May 2012 to remove a screw inserted during the first procedure. “It should be the last (surgery),” he said. “This time they got it right.”
Pelech said he hasn’t suffered a setback in his recovery. He wants to take more time to heal so he will be fully healthy for opening day of Otters training camp Aug. 27 at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
“It really feels a lot better than, say, last summer after my (second) surgery,” Pelech said.
Pelech will attend the opening two days of WJC camp in Montreal on Saturday and Sunday. But he won’t travel with the team to Lake Placid, N.Y., for USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp Aug. 5-10, where they will play exhibition games against the United States, Sweden and Finland. Yet Pelech doesn’t believe not playing in this camp will hurt his chances to earning a spot on the WJC team this coming winter.
“The way I look at it,” Pelech said, “(it’s) better to let it fully heal, and then by the time the Christmas camp comes around, even the regular season, I’ll be able to play to my full potential rather than having this lingering wrist injury that could make me play worse during the season or at the Christmas camp.”
Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk is expected to play for Sweden in that camp. Windsor Spitfires D Slater Koekkoek reportedly has replaced Pelech on Canada’s WJC roster.

- Victor Fernandes

 

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