Injuries give Canada cause for pause

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First, Jonathan Huberdeau showed up in a walking cast. Next, Brad Ross didn’t skate on Sunda, the first day of camp. On that same day, Brett Connolly left the morning skate with cramping and the opening intra-squad game in the evening with a lower body injury.

Most recently, Quinton Howden is being treated for concussion-like symptoms after taking a hit in Monday night’s intra-squad game.

Though the injuries to Ross and Connolly appear to be resolved – at least to the point where both can resume on-ice activity, the growing list in Canada’s infirmary is causing head coach Don Hay some problems when it comes to deciding who the 22 players to represent Canada will be.

“We have to make the decision tomorrow,” Hay said. “We’ll put all the injuries into the discussions and really think it through. Part of our decision-making is where are the injured players at, what is their history, what would they add to our hockey club going ahead. All those things are in place.”

Hay and Hockey Canada will have to decide whether or not to include Huberdeau and Howden in those discussions. Hockey Canada’s policy suggests extra players aren’t to be kept around while the team waits on the status of others.

“The policy is in place,” Hay said. “They haven’t kept extra players around. The policy is that if a player gets hurt you can bring somebody back before the tournament starts. That happened before with Evander Kane in 2009.”

As for an update on Huberdeau, Hay said the Saint John Sea Dogs star will not take to the ice Tuesday as expected.

“We had planned to skate Huberdeau but he went off-site,” he said. “He’s doing a little swimming, some water recovery work for the foot. He’s progressing really well. We’re happy with his progress.”

The team is unclear on Howden’s status.

“Howden is getting treatment right now,” Hay said. “He’s feeling a lot better. He’s day-to-day and we’ll evaluate him a little more after the doctors report.”

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