After getting over his back troubles Alex Plante played a few games with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) but has been missing from the game summaries recently. I posted a request for info on HF and got this update today from Guy Flaming:
I spoke with Hitmen head coach Kelly Kisio about an hour ago and he confirmed CONCUSSION for Plante. I also spoke with Plante for about 20 minutes. He feels he’ll be back in about a week or so, hopefully before the Hitmen are back at Rexall on the 18th. He was running stairs at Rexall about an hour ago so clearly the brain must be feeling much better.Also confirmed that his back was not re-injured, it was all about his face (cuts) and head (concussion). The back is close to if not 100%, says he has some soreness once in a while but due more to “Having had to be Mr. Perfect Posture there for a month or so”. Hopefully he can get a break and stay healthy for the second half because the Hitmen could very well win the ‘Dub this year.
My thanks to Guy. His blog has been added to my list (“Coming Down the Pipe!”) of Oiler blogs and I’ll be adding a few more in the next week or so.
Another injury you should know about is Sebastien Bisaillon’s. It’s hideous. He was apparently cut on the back of his leg (or inner thigh) in a pileup and it is quite severe. Dan Hickling (a reporter for I believe the Portland Press Herald) had an interesting quote on the subject from Coach Buchberger: “No one loves the game more than ‘Bis’. He’s a kid that we all want to see do well. He’s got great potential. He’s a very offensive player. One thing you get with ‘Bis’ is that he’s got the will to battle. He has a great future. It’s unfortunate what happened to him. And he’s going to be very (sorely) missed. I know he’s got the team support. We went and visited him today. Everybody came out to see him. It says a lot about him, because guys flock to good people.“
And it goes without saying that hockey coaches don’t say those kinds of things over most injuries. *Information gathered from allducks.com, hfboards and Guy Flaming.