On Tuesday, Joey Hishon was skating with the Colorado Avalanche’s Black Aces in Cleveland. Afterward, he was called into the coach’s office and given the news that he was being called up to the NHL.
“I can’t even explain the emotion,” said Hishon on Wednesday after practicing with the Avalanche. “Very anxious, very excited.”
The call-up meant much more than the team needing a new body in the lineup. Thursday’s Game 4 between the Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild will be Hishon’s first NHL game. It’s a debut that’s years in the making and one that was in serious doubt at one point in time.
During the opening game of the 2011 Memorial Cup, Hishon, playing for the Owen Sound Attack, took a hit to the head from Brayden McNabb of the Kootenay Ice. He would spend nearly two years trying to recover from the blow, at one point using the GryoStim chair, which Sidney Crosby famously was aided by during his concussion rehabiliation.
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