When it comes to injuries in the NHL, the details are usually shrouded in mystery. Bum shoulder? That’s an “upper-body” injury. Sprained ankle? “Lower-body” injury. “Mid-body” injury and just plain old “body” injury has been used by coaches and teams to hide exactly what’s afflicting a player.
Well, no one told Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk about the NHL’s injury policy, which is why he accidentally revealed the nature of Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton’s “upper-body” injury on Wednesday.
Sporting a nice black eye after taking an elbow to the face during a morning shootaround, Olynyk responded to a question about his playing status by joking he would be playing because he didn’t want to hear any guff from his buddy Hamilton.
“I remember two days ago I was texting Dougie Hamilton and he told me he broke his ribs and he’s trying to come back before the playoffs," Olynyk said. "I was like, ‘Man I can’t sit out, he’s gonna rip me' . . . all those hockey guys would have killed me so I had to do it.”
Last week, the Bruins head coach Claude Julien ruled Hamilton out “indefinitely” with the “upper-body” injury, putting the the remainder of his season in doubt. Boston currently holds the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and is three points up on the Ottawa Senators.
UPDATE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli says that Olynyk's revelation isn't entirely accurate, but that Hamilton's injury is near the ribs. He also added there is a chance the defenseman returns before the end of the regular season.
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