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 Id be fine, said Hall, who returned and scored a pair of goals as the Spitfires cruised to a 9-3 victory. Ive got a bit of a stiff back, but it shouldnt 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 its not very pretty at all, said Hall. I saw the photo and I just feel for my mom.

I dont know what shes thinking right now.

Halls mother wasnt the only one concerned.

Its scary. I dont know how he got up from that, to be honest with you, said Spitfires defenceman Cam Fowler. He says its because hes flexible. Hes a resilient guy, but that was one of the worst ones Ive seen all year. Im just happy hes 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 thats what he does. He can take a pounding and also deliver it. He goes to the hard areas and hes not afraid to get involved.

Thats what makes him a great player.

Hamonic was adamant it was a clean hit and disappointed it didnt have a more positive effect.

You never want to see a guy hurt. Its 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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