The London Knights will start the OHL season without one of their top forwards.
Veteran pepperpot Jordan Foreman, whose crash-and-bang style has made him a fan favourite, is expected to be out at least seven weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot while working out in preparation for his third season with the Knights.
"I was at the YMCA training (outside) in a field -- I was running and I rolled over on my ankle," the 19-year-old said from his Cambridge home. "I knew what happened right away. I could hear the bone break (in the foot)."
Foreman was treated in his hometown and also came to London for consultation. He won't require surgery, is wearing a removable cast and vows to stay in top shape with frequent sessions on a stationary bike.
"I'm already getting bored," the five-foot-nine, 170-pounder said. "It's too bad, because I was looking forward to coming in and having a good start to the season. I was training and skating with (Barrie star Bryan) Little and a lot of the other guys in Cambridge. It'll be seven weeks (before I can start skating again)."
London opens its 2006-07 season at home against what's shaping up to be a powerful Saginaw Spirit team Sept. 22. Coming off a 29-goal, 55-point campaign, Foreman is a candidate to log a lot of ice time -- including power-play and penalty-killing duties -- for Dale Hunter's team this year.
This isn't Foreman's first physical setback. He broke a bone in his hand during a fight in his rookie season of 2005 -- the year the Knights won the Memorial Cup.
He was also held back for one game because of a leg injury during London's playoff run last year against Owen Sound in the Western Conference semifinal.
Foreman plays a physical game -- evident by his 215 penalty minutes last year -- but London will especially miss his presence early when the Knights will dress a lot of inexperienced faces.
The seventh-round draft pick has a tendency to score goals at important times and had a tremendous surge in the second half of last season that won him a personal competition with buddy Adam Perry.
"I'll be behind him at the start this year but I'll come back to beat him again," Foreman said.
While Foreman recovers, London's most recent import pick Adam Hasani has arrived from Switzerland to attend training camp next week. The 17-year-old winger, the 58th selection in this summer's Canadian Hockey League import draft, had 32 points in 28 games for Freibourg juniors last year.