While the World Cup of Hockey is on and running and fans are happy to have hockey back on their television screens, the regular season is right around the corner and we are also praying for no injuries. A core muscle injury over the Summer prevented Stars captain Jamie Benn from participating, but Stars center Tyler Seguin was still involved competing on behalf of Team Canada. On Tuesday, September 13th, Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill released a statement regarding the status of Seguin after an apparent injury:
“We are aware of the injury Tyler suffered while competing with Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “We recognize the constraints of the tournament and understand Team Canada’s decision given the circumstances. Tyler will be returning to Dallas in the coming days and we will evaluate him fully at that point.”
“I’m disappointed that I can’t represent Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey,” forward Tyler Seguin said. “Any time your country calls, it’s a great honor and is something every kid from Canada dreams about getting the chance to do. While I’m upset that I don’t get the opportunity to play, I understand the situation Team Canada is in with a short tournament. I wish all the best for that team and the good news is that I’ll get to be with my Stars teammates from day one. We’re excited to get the season going and we can’t wait to get to Cedar Park and get to work.”
Since that update on Tuesday, the Stars have made another announcement regarding this injury to Seguin this morning
“Upon returning to Dallas yesterday, Tyler Seguin underwent an MRI that detected a hairline fracture in his heel,” stated Nill. “His status for training camp will be re-evaluated in one week.”
Seguin suffered the fracture in Team Canada’s World Cup of Hockey exhibition game against the United States on Sept. 9 in Columbus, Ohio.
Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly will replace Seguin on the Team Canada roster.
While tournaments are exciting, I still question the logic of holding a “high stakes International Tournament” so close to the beginning of training camps and preseason. So now the Stars begin training camps and preseason just like how they ended round two of the playoffs, without Tyler Seguin manning the first line center position.
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