Injury Update on Bruin Prospect Milan Jurcina
Rob Martin 26-01-03
As reported earlier at Hockey’s Future, Bruin prospect and Halifax Mooseheads defenseman, Milan Jurcina, missed the entire World Junior Hockey Championship due to a leg injury. At that time, however, the extent of the injury was not fully known.
Since then I have been in contact with a representative of the Mooseheads who has provided me with the same information they gave to the Boston Bruins regarding Milan’s injury. Due to a long road trip by Halifax, and the time it took to receive paperwork from the orthopaedic surgeon, the circumstances of Milan’s injury were delayed getting to the media.
Currently, the Mooseheads tell us that Milan is doing very well. He received a severe right quad contusion in the World Juniors. When the Moosehead’s orthopaedic surgeon saw him on January 2nd he had limited movement in that right leg. Since then he was put on an aggressive rehabilitation program with the help of the Mooshead’s physiotherapy staff. On January 16th and 23rd he was re-examined by the orthopaedic surgeon, who was pleased with Milan’s progress.
Milan is now able to lift weights with his leg and is biking without any problems. The Mooseheads expect to have him on the ice again later this coming week. The Mooseheads will be happy to have the big 6’4, 220-pound defenseman back in the line-up, as they are currently four points back of Acadie-Bathurst for first place in the QMJHL’s Maritime Division.
In his 30 games this season Jurcina has put up 11+7=18 point totals, while playing solid two-way hockey. Milan, who was drafted 241st overall in 2001 by the Bruins, has also provided an impressive 8 PPG for the Mooseheads this season, to lead all their defensemen.