Sea­son over

Is­lan­ders cap­tain O’Brien breaks bone in wrist

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders cap­tain Quinn O’Brien’s ma­jor ju­nior ca­reer is over.

Gen­eral man­ager Grant Sonier said Thurs­day the for­ward broke a bone in his wrist in the first shift of Wed­nes­day’s con­test with the Monc­ton Wild­cats.

O’Brien stayed in the game and even got in a fight later in the pe­riod. The Litch­field, Que., na­tive, who turns 21 on Jan. 4, had been play­ing the past six weeks or so with a torn labrum in his hip.

O’Brien was ex­pected to have surgery Thurs­day on his wrist and Sonier said the re­cov­ery time is three to four months.

“He is one of the high­est char­ac­ter kids I’ve ever been around,” Sonier said.

O’Brien was ac­quired a year ago from the Rouyn-No­randa Huskies, not be­cause he can light up a score sheet, but be­cause he is a phys­i­cal player and a good leader.

He was named cap­tain in late Oc­to­ber.

Sonier said O’Brien came to the rink early and left late while tak­ing care of his team­mates on and off the ice.

“He’s a really good cap­tain that we’re go­ing to miss,” he said. “His char­ac­ter is go­ing to take him a long way in life.”

The six-foot-three, 215-pound for­ward had four goals and 76 penalty min­utes in 31 games this sea­son, his fourth in the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League (QMJHL).

The Is­lan­ders re­ceived more bad news Thurs­day.

Alex McQuaid took a puck off his skate in Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice on what Sonier called a rou­tine two-on-one drill and broke a bone in his foot. He is ex­pected to be out six to eight weeks.

Two QMJHL teams an­nounced they had traded play­ers to the Is­lan­ders on Thurs­day, but Sonier wouldn’t con­firm them when con­tacted by The Guardian.

The league’s trade pe­riod runs from Dec. 19 to Jan. 6, but dur­ing the pe­riod it is closed for things like Christ­mas and New Year’s.

The Blainville-Bois­briand Ar­mada said on its Twit­ter ac­count it had traded Alexis Vanier to the Is­lan­ders for a fifth-round pick in 2016.

Vanier is six-foot-five, 227pound 21-year-old de­fence­man, who has played the ma­jor­ity of his ca­reer with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Sher­brooke Phoenix.

Later Thurs­day night the Drakkar said on its web­site they traded Ni­co­las Le­blond to the Is­lan­ders for a fourth-round pick in 2017.

Le­blond, who turns 20 on Jan. 17, is a five-foot-10, 163-pound right-winger. He has five goals, seven as­sists and 79 penalty min­utes in 33 games this sea­son, his third in the QMJHL.

FILE PHOTO

Quinn O’Brien played a sea­son with the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders and was the cap­tain in 2015-16.

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