According to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, top prospect Connor McDavid suffered a fractured bone in his right hand following a fight against Mississauga Steelheads center Bryson Cianfrone Tuesday night.
The Otters’ captain received a major for fighting and a game misconduct for taking off Cianfrone’s helmet. It was McDavid’s second career fight and second of this season.
McDavid is scheduled to undergo further evaluation with a hand specialist in Toronto on Wednesday.
The injury occurred when McDavid failed to hit Cianfrone with a punch, instead connecting with the glass.
“He’s competitive and that happens in hockey, but certainly as a team we want him on the ice and we want him scoring goals not in the penalty box,” said Erie Otters coach Kris Knoblauch of McDavid fighting. “But can’t hold him back and take the bite out of him.
“He’s certainly competitive and gets angry sometimes, but as a team we’re certainly better with him.”
McDavid had a goal and an assist in the game prior to the fight – he now has 16 goals and 51 points through 18 games this season.
Following the game, the Erie Otters released a statement on their star:
Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid suffered a hand injury during the second period of tonight’s game against the Mississauga Steelheads. He will visit a hand specialist Wednesday for further examination. McDavid is ruled out indefinitely.
The 17-year-old was a lock to star on Canada’s entry at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, but with the injury, his participation could be in jeopardy. Team Canada begins its’ pre-tournament training camp Dec. 10 in Toronto.
McDavid is projected to be one of the first two selections at next June’s NHL Draft.