Brock Boeser, forward to the Vancouver Canucks, has suffered a severe knock against his head during their game against Ottawa Senators. They won the game 6-4, but the outcome isn’t as great for Boeser after being checked into the boards headfirst from behind by Chris Tierney, forward for the Senators. Now uncertainty prevails whether Boeser, who is considered vital in the success of the Canucks will be ready and fit for the opening of the season when they take on Edmonton on the 2nd of October.
The incident occurred only a few days after the 22-year-old forward signed a three-year extension contract with the Canucks to the value of $17.625 million on the 16th of September. This was after he was a restricted free agent during the summer. Boeser was 23rd pick during the NHL Draft in 2015. He had 56 points at that stage from 26 goals, and 30 assists gathered from 69 games of play during the previous season. He is standing now on 116 points from 59 goals and 57 assists after playing 140 games in the NHL. Boeser’s performance makes him a vital part in both the short and the long term plans of the Canucks. Travis Green, head coach to the team, stated that they know that he will have to miss out on some playtime, but also that this is part of the game and one of the challenges which a team have to workaround.
Taking a Hit
Only 16 minutes were remaining of the pre-season game against the Senators and Boeser was chasing after a loose puck. Tierney came from behind and bumped Boeser face-first into the boards. Tierney’s actions were considered to be questionable, and he received a minor time-out for the incident. Boeser did, however, manage to get up and finish the remainder of the game even though his injury was quite severe. Monday night, Boeser had to receive treatment for the damage and was placed on concussion control. This was the first time that the forward was ever put on concussion control and he had to miss out on this week’s practice sessions.
In addition to Boeser’s absence, the team also have to deal with the lack of Oscar Fantenberg. Fantenberg also went hard into the boards after being pushed by Jordan Szwarz. After the incident, he only managed a few more minutes of play before exiting the ice and not showing up for practising the next day. Szwarz received a penalty for his action. The defenceman signed a one-year deal with the Canucks during the previous summer. The upcoming clash against the Senators is set to take place at Rogers Arena this week Wednesday. Now fans are keeping fingers crossed that no more injuries will occur on their team’s side and that they will continue their winning run after Monday’s victory.