Unlucky Loyns sidelined

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:18 PM ET


 Lynn Loyns limped away from the Saddledome on crutches yesterday.

 Torn ankle ligaments suffered Wednesday at practice marks yet another strange twist of bad luck since his arrival to the Calgary Flames by trade earlier this season from San Jose.

 While the injury ends his season, a previous scary episode might have ended his hockey career.

 At the conclusion of the regular season, he was hospitalized overnight in California for an atrial flutter -- a condition in which the heart's receiving chamber is stimulated too often, rendering the organ's contractions ineffective.

 "When I got called back up here, the easiest practices were an absolute battle for me -- I was so tired," said Loyns, who was recalled from the AHL March 30. "My heart wouldn't stop beating through the roof. I couldn't ever catch my breath. It's not life-threatening. But it's a condition that doesn't usually happen in 23-year-olds."

 The condition can cause a higher-than-usual risk of stroke.

 Loyns was hospitalized after the final regular-season game but now, before he could return to action in the playoffs, he injured his ankle.

 "It just sucks," said Loyns, who had two assists in 14 NHL games this season. "You wait for a chance to get in and then this happens."


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