Kozun feeling fine after feet-first crash
WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
Nothing was going to stop Brandon Kozun from taking his turn with the Ed Chynoweth Cup.
Despite missing the final period and a half of Friday’s championship clincher with what he’s calling a “lower-body” injury, the Calgary Hitmen sharpshooter returned to the ice to skate a few strides with the Western Hockey League’s ultimate prize.
“You have so much adrenaline pumping at that moment that you could hurt anything and not feel it,” Kozun said.
You can bet his Hitmen teammates were relieved to see him on his blades.
Kozun disappeared after crashing feet-first into the boards during Friday’s series-ending victory over the Tri-City Americans, retreating to the dressing room just before the midway mark of the second period.
After the final buzzer sounded, the 20-year-old cautiously stepped onto the Saddledome ice and glided into the celebration.
On Saturday, though, he insisted any injury talk is much ado about nothing.
“I probably could’ve played if they needed me, but they decided to keep me out just in case and to try not to make it any worse. I’ve played with worse, to be honest. I’m not worried about it all.”
The Hitmen were able to finish off the Amerks without their the services of their star winger, but they’ll need Kozun at his best as they attempt to make franchise history at the Memorial Cup.
The pint-sized sniper has been the key cog in the team’s attack this season, claiming the league scoring crown and then finishing atop the playoff charts with eight goals and 22 assists in 23 playoff tilts.
And he’s anxious to add to those totals.
“Honestly, in a week, I think I’ll be perfectly fine,” Kozun said.