Injury ruins Knight's homecoming

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

WINDSOR -- Though he has much to be thankful for, Matt McCready's homecoming didn't work out the way he wanted on the holiday weekend.

The London Knights defenceman, whose family hails from Kingsville, fractured a bone in his right hand on Friday in rather odd fashion when a Barrie Colts player followed through on a slapshot and connected with McCready instead of the puck.

"It happened five minutes into the game," the 18-year-old blue-liner said. "I finished the period, but when I took the glove off, I knew something was definitely wrong."

Long anticipating yesterday's return to Windsor to face the Spitfires, McCready's family had purchased a block of tickets and were excited to watch him play. Unfortunately, he ended up sitting in the crowd with them.

"It's disappointing because you're coming home and obviously you want to be able to play," the five-foot-11, 195-pounder said. "I don't know how it happened with the glove on. But it's the same injury -- only the other hand -- that Trevor Kell had in the playoffs last year.

"You have to be careful because if you play, it could break and then it's a bigger problem."

McCready, who has developed into one of the Knights' better defencemen this season with thundering body checks and some added offensive touch, is expected to get a playing cast within a week and be able to start practising again soon.

"You can't do much right now until you get the playing cast. Just ride the bike," he said. "It's too bad. I was feeling more comfortable on the ice this year, but in hockey these injuries happen and you just have to fight through them and make sure you're ready to go when it's time."

With McCready out, the Knights still dressed six defencemen, but the bulk of the playing time went to Frank Rediker, Steve Ferry, Ryan Martinelli and Scott Aarssen.

Aarssen and Martinelli, two Londoners and former St. Thomas Stars, did a nice job yesterday, especially when Windsor had the man advantage.


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