Injury Bug Hits Chatham-Kent Athletes

Brendan Johnston - Windsor Spitfires OHL

Brendan Johnston of the Windsor Spitfires is one of several local athletes recently hurt – Photo by Terry Wilson/ OHL Images

It has not been an ideal end to summer and start to Fall for many of Chatham-Kent’s top athletes.

A group, including Seth Griffith, TJ Brodie, Shaun Suisham, and Brendan Johnston have all suffered preseason injuries, derailing their starts to the season, if not their season entirely.

“It’s definitely not the way I wanted to start, but there’s nothing I can do about it now,” said Brodie following his injury. “It’s just trying to stay in shape and heal up as quick as possible and be ready for when I can come back.”

Brodie will miss 3-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his hand blocking a shot while playing in an NHL preseason game for the Calgary Flames.

His injury however, almost seems lucky when you compare it to the injury suffered by Wallaceburg’s Shaun Suisham. Suisham suffered a season ending ACL injury, which required surgery, after a tackle in a preseason contest with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

Seth Griffith had his preseason derails suffering an MCL sprain after a collision in a game which saw him suiting up for the Boston Bruins against the New Jersey Devils. Griffith is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason, which may cause him to start the season in the American Hockey League.

Finally, Port Lambton’s Brendan Johnston suffered a preseason concussion in net for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires. The head injury caused Johnston to miss the Spitfire’s season opener.

With regular seasons underway, these players will look to rejoin their teams as soon as possible.

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