lineup since he joined the club via a trade from the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1996. Now, the gritty center is battling two opponents he has little or no control over. Father time and the
specter of a nagging shoulder injury that is taking longer than expected to heal.
only allowed to carry three overage (twenty’s) players on their roster after the November 1st deadline. With the exception of scoring sensation Mike Comrie, one of Arsene, Lassu or
Tutschek will be traded by the Kootenay ICE by this Wednesday or sooner to accommodate the league overage rule.
that he hasn’t see any action yet this season has kept the power forward from making Tory’s decision that much harder. “Obviously it’s nerve racking, it has been from day one. I knew
that I probably wouldn’t get into any games before the deadline, if any. I try not to think about it much but whatever happens it will be the best for the team,” said Tutschek.
lineup spot not being there when you come back and the stress can mount. If it’s a distraction, the Edmonton native is handling it admirably. “No, I think that I just work (at the recovery)
as hard as I can so I can be in the best shape possible when I come back,” he said. ” I want to be able to play. No matter what, I going to work as hard as I can and try not to think about it
for the better part of the last four years. Will the inevitable break up of the trio affect the heart and soul of the club? “Whoever gets traded, I think that we are obviously going to lose a
lot, but there’s a lot of character guys in the room that can step it up…. Our team is a tight-knit group and has great chemistry. Some guy will step up and fill the responsibility and role left
by the player leaving,” said Tutschek.
and an immeasurable quality that saw him play through an injury last season that occurred at the ten game mark of the 99-00 season, causing him to only miss thirteen games, including
the long playoff march. Doctor’s will evaluate Tutschek on October 29th and it is possible that he will be cleared to play. Trouble is that the ICE don’t play again after the evaluation until
Nov. 4th, three days past the deadline. It is a Catch-22 situation that hampers Tutschek’s chances of sticking with the club. But if history serves, Brad Tutschek will persevere. It’s
something he’s been doing all along.