McGinn shaken by neck sprain

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

It was a feeling Jamie McGinn had never before experienced in his hockey career: Fear.

"It was a shocker to realize just how quick things can happen," said the 17-year-old Ottawa 67's winger yesterday.

He spoke about a collision during the latter stages of Friday's game at the Civic Centre against Brampton.

Down by a pair of goals, a crush of 67's drove toward the Battalion net and, in the collisions that followed, McGinn's head hit the knee of teammate Logan Couture.

McGinn said he couldn't move for a few moments.

"My neck and shoulders felt like they were on fire," he said yesterday.

Ottawa athletic therapist Brian Patafie went to the aid of McGinn, who lay face-down on the ice for a few minutes before getting up.

"I was just in a lot of pain," said McGinn, who had scored his 25th goal of the season earlier in the night and had also participated in a fight.

"I'm not the kind of person to stay down on the ice, but I was afraid to move because I hadn't been through something like that and I didn't want to screw anything up."

He had muscle spasms in the neck area after leaving the ice, and went to the General campus of the Ottawa Hospital for x-rays, which showed no fractures.

McGinn will miss this afternoon's home game against Barrie with a neck sprain, and he probably won't play on Tuesday night in Kingston.

It's unlikely, however, the injury will keep McGinn out for much longer than that and he should be okay for the opening round of the playoffs, which begin March 23 in Peterborough.

"We can't afford to have any of our potential goal scorers out, especially him," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea, who was relieved to hear that McGinn's injury wasn't as serious as it first appeared.

It's been a tough week for McGinn, who attended the funeral of his great-grandmother in Fergus on Wednesday.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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