New York Islanders captain John Tavares hasn’t seen ice since he suffered a partially torn MCL while representing Team Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Since the injury and subsequent rehab, Tavares has admitted that it’s tough not being out on the ice with his teammates.
“Certainly, it ain’t easy. Would love to be playing; wish I was playing, helping out the team,” the 23-year old Tavares told Newsday. “”You’re so competitive and you love to play. I take a lot of pride in being very durable, so it’s certainly tough watching. It’s very difficult knowing I’m not going to be playing again until September or October. It’ll be a long time until I play another game, so that’s tough to grasp.”
By the time Tavares sees another game, he’ll have been out of in-game action for nearly eight months. However, the former Hart Trophy candidate is determined to come back and help get his team back into the postseason. He expects, based on his current rehab schedule, that summer training will be like “a normal summer”.
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