December 22, 2008
Tyrell's tourney ends
By TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA
MISSISSAUGA -- Dana Tyrell had a great seat in the press box last night at the Hershey Centre but hated it all the same.
The Canada forward suffered major damage to his right knee during the junior team's victory against Sweden on Friday night and his season is finished.
An MRI yesterday revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a partial tear of his medial collateral ligament. The forward will need surgery and was scheduled to return to his hometown of Airdrie, Alta., last night.
"It's unfortunate and it's pretty disappointing," Tyrell said after the first period of the exhibition game between Canada and Finland. "I wish I could be out there with the guys. I just have to stay positive that things will work out."
Taking Tyrell's spot on the roster is 17-year-old Evander Kane of the Vancouver Giants. Kane had been expected to play last night but bad weather in Vancouver delayed his arrival in Toronto.
Tyrell, a member of the Prince George Cougars and a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, hopes to be back to support his teammates through the medal round of the 2009 world junior championship in Ottawa.
There's no doubt Canada will miss Tyrell. He threw a thundering hit on Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman on Friday before he was hurt, and was one a few Canadian forwards who brought a physical presence.
"We wanted a Tyrell-type player," coach Pat Quinn said. "We don't have many in Canada, those who can play hockey and have a physical element. We're going to miss him. We did not replace him with the selection (Kane) we made."