While the Halifax Mooseheads stayed relatively injury free during the QMJHL playoffs, a number of players played through bumps, bruises and pain to help the team make it to the QMJHL’s final four.
And it sounds like Austyn Hardie had it worse than anybody.
“Austyn Hardie had a bad hip pointer and was being frozen twice during Game 4 in Rimouski,” said Mooseheads general manager Cam Russell, who earlier said Hardie had a lower body injury.
Also from the injury list, forward Brad Cuzner had two different concussions while defenceman Brendan Duke might have broken his finger on Sunday blocking a shot.
“Most guys were banged up a bit but no serious injuries,” Russell said.
Defenceman Trey Lewis looked badly hurt during the quarter-finals when he took a knee-on-knee hit from Quebec Remparts forward Mathieu Lavallee. But there was no structural damage and Lewis didn’t complain once afterward.
“You’d never know (if he was hurt or not),” Russell said. “He’s not the type of guy who comes in looking for therapy. He plays through it.”
Further to that point, Lewis played through a stomach flu in Sunday’s Game 6 against the Rimouski Oceanic.
“Trey was actually sick as a dog but still played,” Russell said.