Canadian captain Kirby Dach will miss the world junior hockey championship after struggling a wrist harm in a pre-tournament sport in opposition to Russia on Wednesday night time.
Hockey Canada mentioned Thursday the Chicago prospect will return to Chicago to endure additional examination by workforce docs.
“Kirby was excited to represent Canada and captain our team at the 2021 IIHF world junior championship, and our players, coaches and staff are all disappointed he will not be able to participate this year,” Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of nationwide groups with Hockey Canada, mentioned in an announcement.
“We recognize Kirby’s commitment and leadership and know how eager he was for the opportunity to proudly represent his country at the world juniors. He was dedicated to his role as captain and contributing to defending our gold medal. We wish Kirby the best and hope for a quick recovery as he looks ahead to getting back on the ice with Chicago.”
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Dach, 19, was injured on what appeared like a innocent bodycheck within the impartial zone within the third interval. After the hit, he pulled off his glove, skated off the ice and went on to the locker-room space.
Canadian coach Andre Tourigny didn’t have particulars on Dach’s harm after the sport. He mentioned an replace can be offered as soon as X-ray outcomes had been accessible.
The third general choose by Chicago within the 2019 NHL draft, Dach cracked the Chicago roster final season and had eight targets and 15 assists in 64 video games.
Dach was set to make his first look for Canada on the world juniors as he was not loaned to the workforce when the Canadians captured gold final 12 months within the Czech Republic.
The native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., gained a gold medal with Canada’s under-18 workforce on the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
Canada is ready to open the world juniors Saturday in opposition to Germany, which will likely be lacking 9 gamers due to COVID-19 protocols.
The occasion begins Friday with three video games.