Spitfires star shakes off big hit

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:53 PM ET

BRANDON — The only concern Taylor Hall had was for his mother.

On Saturday morning, the gifted Windsor Spitfires forward was looking no worse for wear — other than a pair of stitches under his nose and another two on his forehead — after being knocked head-first into the end boards by Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman and world junior teammate Travis Hamonic roughly 30 seconds into the opening game of the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

“I was kind of worried there for a little bit right when I got hit, but I knew I’d be fine,” said Hall, who returned and scored a pair of goals as the Spitfires cruised to a 9-3 victory. “I’ve got a bit of a stiff back, but it shouldn’t be an issue.”

Hall saw the hit countless times on the highlights Friday night and woke up Saturday morning to see a gruesome photo of the hit splashed across the front page of the local newspaper.

“I saw the hit a few times and it’s not very pretty at all,” said Hall. “I saw the photo and I just feel for my mom.

I don’t know what she’s thinking right now.”

Hall’s mother wasn’t the only one concerned.

“It’s scary. I don’t know how he got up from that, to be honest with you,” said Spitfires defenceman Cam Fowler. “He says it’s because he’s flexible. He’s a resilient guy, but that was one of the worst ones I’ve seen all year. I’m just happy he’s okay.”

Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner initially thought a penalty should have been called on the play, but changed his mind after watching the replay on the scoreboard.

“It was two guys coming together colliding. It was a good, clean hit,” Boughner said. “He got hurt but he came back two shifts later ready to play again and that’s what he does. He can take a pounding and also deliver it. He goes to the hard areas and he’s not afraid to get involved.

“That’s what makes him a great player.”

Hamonic was adamant it was a clean hit and disappointed it didn’t have a more positive effect.

“You never want to see a guy hurt. It’s nice that he got up,” said Hamonic. “One of us was going into the boards there and at that particular moment, it was just a matter of who was stronger on their feet. If you watch the video, he braced himself for the hit as well as I did. We just went shoulder-to-shoulder.

“I wish it could have been more of a momentum-swinger on the game.”

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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