Tyler Seguin didn’t want Team Canada’s coaching staff to know how badly his ankle was hurting.
But he finally had to admit it, and now he’ll miss the World Cup. He was replaced yesterday by Ryan O’Reilly.
“He said to us, ‘You know I haven’t been very truthful,'” head coach Mike Babcock said of Seguin this morning, per ESPN.com.
“He tried to push through it. But he said even yesterday, when he started pushing through it, it started heating up right away. Now I don’t know what that means in medical terms but I know in coaching terms you’re not doing very good.”
It hasn’t been reported how Seguin suffered the injury, though it’s quite possible it occurred Friday in Columbus when he slid feet first into the boards in an exhibition game against the United States.
The injury was first reported to be to his knee.
“We are aware of the injury Tyler suffered while competing with Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey,” said Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill in a statement. “We recognize the constraints of the tournament and understand Team Canada’s decision given the circumstances. Tyler will be returning to Dallas in the coming days and we will evaluate him fully at that point.”