Colliton kayoed but Seabrook back

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:38 PM ET

Brent Seabrook jokingly said he would dress for Canada if his shoulder was hanging by a thread, but teammate Jeremy Colliton wishes he was so lucky. Seabrook was back at practice yesterday after taking a day off to rest his ailing shoulder but Colliton, who is nursing a sprained knee, in all likelihood has played his last game at the 2005 world junior championship.

"I will help any way I can," said Colliton, whose only tournament appearance came against Sweden on Monday. "It's nice to be here and I'm still part of the team. It's tough to say (whether he will play again). I'm getting it evaluated each day and we'll have to see."

But Colliton, who is one of 12 returning players from last year's silver-medal winning team, has not practised the past few days and still is limping.

As his teammates finished interviews yesterday and departed the Ralph Engelstad Arena here in Grand Forks, N.D., Colliton hobbled out of the building, clutching a knee brace.

As recently as a month ago when players convened in Winnipeg for a selection camp, Colliton skated on a line with Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron.

If there is a gold-medal celebration on the ice for Canada on Tuesday, Colliton probably will have no choice but to watch.

"If we continue to have success, I will be happy," said Colliton, a New York Islanders prospect who plays for the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. "I would like to be playing but this is something I can't control."

Seabrook's smile, meanwhile, told a different story.

A defenceman who was a first-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003, Seabrook missed the third period against Finland on Thursday. He took some bumps during practice but declared himself ready for today's semi-final.

"You betcha," Seabrook, another returnee from last winter, said. "I feel 100%. Playing for my country, every time I pull this jersey over my head I want to do everything I can to play. It's a big dream for me to play in this tournament and (his shoulder) would have to fall off for me not to play."


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