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Rearguard refuses to throw in towel

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

You can question his conduct on occasion but there's no doubt about Bryan Marchment's dedication.

The veteran Calgary Flames defenceman hurt his left knee during a questionable collision with Toronto Maple Leafs veteran Jason Allison at the Saddledome Jan. 6.

Marchment severely damaged both his ACL and MCL in the leg-on-leg impact, resulting in an injury bad enough to potentially end his season -- possibly his career.

But that hasn't stopped the 36-year-old from delaying surgery and doing his best to recover in time to contribute on the ice again this season.

"Usually they repair the ACL but I'm going to rehab the MCL and see how I feel," said Marchment after getting treatment at the 'Dome yesterday.

He's not sure whether he'll be able to return even after the MCL is back to strength. Marchment is hopeful he'll play again before the end of the year.

"Hope so. You never know," said Marchment, who has no timetable set for his recovery but will attempt to play with the ACL injury once the MCL heals. "I've never done this before so we'll wait and see."

Flames assistant coach Jim Playfair says Marchment's grit is inspiring.

"I saw him for the first time in the gym (Monday) working with a brace," said Playfair. "He's starting to work and he'll work really hard to come back from an injury that he knows he might not come back from this season. It inspires other players to push through their injuries."

So, while Marchment may not contribute again on the ice -- at least for the next couple of months -- he hasn't lost value as a member of the team.

"He's a really important player on our team and in our room just by bringing that work ethic to an injury that mentally and physically he might not come back from," said Playfair.

"He doesn't look at it that way. He looks at it like, 'I'm going to work as hard as I can to give myself a chance to come back and help this team.' "


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