WJHC: Team Canada suffering bumps and bruises at camp Staff

12/13/2008 10:37:05 PM

Canada plays its second intrasquad game tonight at the Robert-Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec with a handful of players already suffering some bumps and bruises.

Defenceman Tyler Cuma and forward Matt Calvert are the latest to suffer setbacks, with Cuma spraining his left knee in Friday's intrasquad game while Calvert is still being bothered by back spasms.

Following Saturday's morning skate, head coach Pat Quinn updated both situations.

"Calvert was sore again today," Quinn said. "He tried to skate and unfortunately wasn't able to go. It's a back injury and it's spasmodic, so maybe it gets better and hopefully it does. We'll take a look at him again tonight but he's most likely not going to be able to play (this evening)."

Quinn reiterated that he didn't want the players to feel they need to impress the coaches with the potential to worsen the injury.

"We don't want to put any young man in a spot where he thinks he's got to go, so we'll be closely monitoring him."

Calvert apparently injured his back on Wednesday in a WHL game.

Cuma suffered his injury in Friday's intrasquad game and the team is waiting to determine the severity.

"With Cuma, we wanted to have a night for observation and see where the swellings come up," said Quinn. "This morning there was no swelling in one area which is a good sign but he'll be out for a little bit of time. The measurement for us is how long that time is going to be so that we make a good decision regarding him and his recovery."

For Cuma's part, he's just glad that his opportunity to make the squad is still available.

"Hopefully (the injury) isn't too serious," Cuma said following today's skate while on crutches. "Hopefully it's a week or something like that... something really quick. It's good that coach Quinn isn't just tossing me away that easily," Cuma joked.

Quinn hasn't ruled out Cuma making the squad completely just yet after the Brandon, Manitoba native had an impressive start to the camp.

Another invitee dealing with an injury setback is Nazem Kadri. The London Knights forward suffered a broken jaw three weeks ago and hopes to be ready in time to make an impression. 

"Obviously, I was a little concerned," Kadri told TSN.  "I can't take too much contact. I've gotta be really careful."

Quinn and the coaching staff are hoping tonight's contest will bring a little more intensity. Some players felt that Friday's Red and White game didn't have the hits necessary and are hoping to see more of that in this evening's game.