Warriors captain may check out

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:21 AM ET

Not only did the Moose Jaw Warriors find themselves on the losing end of a shutout yesterday, they may have lost their captain and leading scorer.

During a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Hitmen at the 'Dome, Troy Brouwer, who led the WHL with 102 points, left late in the final frame and didn't return after taking a hard hip check by Calgary defenceman Shaden Moore.

Brouwer lay motionless on the ice for several minutes, then had to be helped off the ice by two teammates after the highlight-reel check. He didn't put any weight on his left leg.

Brouwer was charging hard down the boards with the puck when Moore swept in and T-boned the 20-year-old Chicago Blackhawks draft pick at the Hitmen blueline.

The hit, which wasn't assessed a penalty and looked clean, ruffled the Warriors' feathers as they took a couple of penalties in the final minutes out of frustration.

Warriors forward Dustin Boyd, who saw Moore's hit from the bench, didn't think it was the cleanest of checks.

"I thought it was a bit of knee-on-knee," said Boyd, who recently signed with the Flames after being drafted by the club in 2004 (third round). "Troy's the leader on this hockey club and one of our best players. Hopefully he can go but, if not, guys will have to step up in our locker-room and play better."

Warriors head coach Steve Young said he'll have a better idea before Game 2 today (Saddledome, 2 p.m.) on Brouwer's status.

"He's our captain and if he's out of our lineup, it's a blow," said Young.


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