Shaw out six months with torn ACL

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - RYAN McCRACKEN rm­c­cracken@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNMcCracken

Ma­son Shaw got the news he feared on Thurs­day, but he’s not ready to call it a sea­son just yet.

The Medicine Hat Tigers for­ward re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion of a torn ACL that re­quires surgery af­ter suf­fer­ing an awk­ward hit in a prospects game with the Min­nesota Wild last week­end. While Tigers as­sis­tant coach Bobby Fox says “a best-case (sce­nario) is six months” — which would put the team into mid-March — Shaw doesn’t plan on miss­ing any more than that.

“I’m not writ­ing this sea­son off. I think if all goes well with the surgery and I re­hab harder than I ever have be­fore I be­lieve I can get back for the end of the sea­son. That’s my goal right now,” said Shaw, who will un­dergo surgery on his right knee Sept. 25 in Min­nesota. “It’s a lit­tle bit of ad­ver­sity but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so they say. That’s kind of the ap­proach I’m tak­ing right now.”

Fox added it’s a tough pill to swal­low, los­ing their most pro­lific re­turn­ing player to in­jure days be­fore the on­set of the reg­u­lar sea­son, but there’s al­ways a sil­ver lin­ing.

“It’s a blow for our team here right at the be­gin­ning but it gives a lot of guys op­por­tu­ni­ties mov­ing for­ward,” said Fox. “There’s al­ways a pos­i­tive to the sit­u­a­tion.”

Shaw and the Tigers can also take some so­lace in the fact he is re­ceiv­ing the best care avail­able thanks to his po­si­tion with the Min­nesota Wild. The 94th over­all se­lec­tion in this year’s NHL en­try draft, Shaw says he’s truly get­ting the top medical treat­ment avail­able.

“That’s kind of a pos­i­tive, one of the few in this sit­u­a­tion. I’m get­ting taken care of by some of the best peo­ple in the busi­ness. The doc­tor that go­ing to do my op­er­a­tion has done many be­fore and says I’ll come out suc­cess­ful with the Wild’s train­ing staff and the re­hab­bing process. Right af­ter the surgery we’re go­ing to bang away at it so a pos­si­ble re­turn can be in the books.”

While he’s re­main­ing op­ti­mistic, Shaw ad­mits the news comes is still dev­as­tat­ing. De­spite pre­par­ing him­self for the like­li­hood of bad news af­ter un­der­go­ing an MRI on Wed­nes­day, there’s no soft­en­ing the blow that comes with hav­ing the ma­jor­ity of the up­com­ing sea­son pushed out of reach.

“There are a lot of things I was look­ing for­ward to this sea­son, ob­vi­ously with the Tigers and Min­nesota and pos­si­bly the world ju­niors, and be­ing at my first camp, I didn’t want it to end in my sec­ond rookie game but it is what it is. I’ll get through it,” said Shaw, who posted 27 goals and 67 as­sists last sea­son. “I fig­ured on the ini­tial hit that this would be the end re­sult, but in the days lead­ing up to it I was kind of hop­ing for the best. Now it’s time to turn the page and get ready for surgery.”

NEWS FILE PHOTO RYAN MCCRACKEN

Medicine Hat Tigers for­ward Ma­son Shaw takes a face­off against Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes for­ward Jordy Bel­lerive dur­ing a WHL con­test at the Canalta Cen­tre on March 19, 2016.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.