Red Wings prospect Jared McIsaac to miss 5-6 months after surgery

Detroit Red Wings prospect defenseman Jared McIsaac is going to miss a significant chunk of time.

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The 20 year old underwent successful shoulder surgery, and is expected to be absent for the next 5-6 months. The Red Wings provided an update via social media:

McIsaac had previously undergone surgery on his right shoulder prior to the 2019-20 season.

He was drafted 36th overall in 2018 following the selections of Filip Zadina, Joe Veleno and Jonatan Berggren.

Last season, he posted four goals and 15 assists while playing with Halifax and Moncton in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

OHL to reportedly ban body checking in effort to curb COVID-19

In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Hockey League is reportedly considering a drastic change to the game.

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According to Ontario minister of sport Lisa MacLeod in a speech at the Empire Club of Canada, she said that removing physical contact is needed – not only in the OHL, but in all sports:

“I’m a hockey player myself, my daughter plays hockey; I don’t have a problem with checking in normal times. We have decided to ban contact sports and combat sports at the moment, and the safe return for all sports is limiting the contact between players,” MacLeod told CTV News Ottawa.

MacLeod also said that this radical change wouldn’t be considered without the current situation in the world with the coronavirus.

“I have done a lot of work on concussion awareness so I do take very seriously the safety but if done appropriately in regular times I wouldn’t,” MacLeod said.

The OHL released the following statement:

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“Until such time as we arrive at an agreed upon Return to Play protocol with the Government of Ontario, the League will have no further comment on the matter of body contact,” the OHL said in a statement Friday evening.

The OHL plans to play a shortened 40 game season beginning February 4.

– – Quotes via Peter Szperling of CTV Link – –

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