OHL: Percy’s injury ‘doesn’t look very promising’ for Majors
By Sunaya Sapurji
Barefoot and wearing a black suit,Lebron James Shoes, star defenceman Stuart Percy left the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors dressing room hobbling with the aid of crutches.
The Toronto Maple Leafs' first-round pick was injured by a hit from behind less than a minute into the second period during Sunday afternoon's 8-4 loss to the visiting Plymouth Whalers.
"He's hurt," said Majors head coach James Boyd after the game of Percy's status. "We're going to wait for the doctors to get a better look at him. We'll probably know more (on Monday)."
The 18-year-old was injured while trying to play the puck at the end boards, just to the left of Majors goalie JP Anderson, when he was hit by Whalers forward Mitchell Heard. Heard, who was invited to Leafs camp this summer as a free-agent,lebron viii, was given a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct meaning the Ontario Hockey League will automatically review the hit to see if it warrants suspension.
UPDATE: Here's the video of the hit:
"I thought that (Percy) was in an awkward position when he was hit," said Boyd. "I don't think Stuart recognized that (Heard) was coming that way."
Immediately following the hit, Majors forward Joseph Cramarossa jumped in and fought Heard,lebron zoom soldier, earning an instigator penalty. Percy laid face-first on the ice almost motionless while being tended to by Majors trainer Ivan Bokanovic, who later called for two teammates to help the 25th overall pick of the 2011 NHL draft off the ice. Skating off the ice, it was clear Percy was favouring his left leg. He did not return to the game.
In the post-game media scrum,lebron shoes, Boyd was asked whether Percy had injured his knee.
"I'm not sure," said the Majors first-year head coach. "I haven't talked to him at all."
Walking out of the dressing room on crutches, Percy was once again keeping weight off his left leg and his knee was noticeably padded. A story on the Majors website listed it as a "lower body injury" and had Boyd saying: "It doesn't look very promising right now and he'll get checked out Monday."
Losing Percy, one of the top defenders in the OHL, for an extended amount of time would be a huge blow to the Majors (9-3-0-1) who have lost their last three games at home. The Majors are next in action on Friday, when they take to the road to visit the Ottawa 67s.
Sunaya Sapurji is the Junior Hockey Editor at Yahoo! Sports.
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