Injuries hamper Parent's season

RYAN PYETTE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

GUELPH -- When it comes to injuries, Ryan Parent can empathize with London Knights forward Jordan Foreman this year.

The veteran defenceman didn't play against the Knights last night, the captain's 20th game out of the Guelph Storm lineup this season due to a string of frustrating injuries and his service with Canada at the world junior championship.

While the oft-injured Foreman plays through a high ankle sprain, Parent tried to return from his most recent ailment last week at the John Labatt Centre in London but only lasted one shift.

"I was just coming back from an injury and I tried it out but I knew right away it was too early," the 19-year-old Nashville Predators draft pick said. "I've missed a lot of games at different times this season. I was hurt early and then I came back and I was healthy enough for the world juniors (missing eight Storm games while helping Canada win the gold medal in Sweden) and I come back and get hurt again.

"It's been a tough year trying to stay in the lineup."

Parent hurt himself against the Knights in Guelph on Nov. 5 while trying to deliver a body check. He left that game and sat out the next three.

"We have a rivalry with London and when two teams play hard like we do, there are going to be some injuries along the way," he said. "I had just been back in the lineup after missing (six) games with a shoulder injury and my shoulder popped out again on me."

This time, Guelph isn't taking any chances with the blue-liner because they need him ready for the playoffs.

He brings a lot of leadership," said Londoner Bill Armstrong, a Storm assistant coach.

With Parent out, that leaves a lot of the Guelph spotlight on Londoner Drew Doughty, who has spent much of his first two years in the OHL as Parent's defence partner. When Guelph traded forward Tyler Doig this season, it left Doughty, 17, as the team's leading point-getter at that time.

"He's done a great job again this year and I wouldn't have been surprised if he made the (Canadian) world junior team this year when we were at camp," Parent said. "As it turned out, he was one of three guys fighting for one defensive spot and they're always going to take age and experience first. But I have no doubt he's going to be wearing that jersey some day. He's a great teammate to be around and he's funny, too."


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