Drummond knows he's lucky

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

KITCHENER -- Robbie Drummond doesn't remember much of what happened immediately after he was decked by Jared Boll during the London Knights' 3-0 loss to the Plymouth Whalers Friday night.

But few present at the John Labatt Centre will forget the sight of the 19-year-old Londoner flying through the air, landing on his head, laying motionless on the ice and being carted away to the hospital on a stretcher.

Two days later, the only visual sign of damage was five stitches above Drummond's right eye, though he admits he still sore in the neck and shoulder area.

The swift-skating veteran, who accompanied the Knights to Kitchener last night, won't play until he gets the results of his concussion tests but hopes to return to the lineup Friday at home against the OHL's Eastern Conference-leading Peterborough Petes.

"I've never been hit that hard before in my life," Drummond said. "All I remember was reaching for the puck and that it was bouncing a little bit. I don't remember much after that . . . But I got to see the tape of it after and none of it was very pretty."

Drummond, released from hospital a couple hours after the incident, says he didn't feel frightened during the ordeal, although he knows he ended up fortunate to escape with relatively minor injuries.

"I had pins and needles tingling in my fingers at first and that's why they had to be careful with my neck," Drummond said. "There was a lot of blood from my head and my mom was pretty worried like anybody would if their son was lying on the ice. My dad and grandma and aunt were at the game and they all came to the hospital."

After the game, Boll said the hit was clean and sent his best wishes and concern to his foe.

"I don't know (if it was clean or dirty). It looked like a shoulder from the tape," the Knights second-rounder from 2002 said. "I also saw the brawl and I know my teammates were sticking up for me.

"That's part of the game and I appreciated it."

The Knights missed Drummond, who was one of his team's better players on Thursday against Kitchener. When Matt Pelech blocked a shot with his face and had to leave yesterday's game, the Knights were short an emergency defenceman -- a role usually filled by Drummond.

"It's been frustrating," Drummond said. "Every time I start playing well and putting together a few good games, I seem to get hurt or suspended."


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