December 24, 2014
TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies return to action on Boxing Day against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Whether defenceman Stuart Percy suits up, though, is still a question mark.
The 21-year-old left Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Admirals for precautionary reasons after hitting his head. Percy was carrying the puck through the neutral zone on a power play just over two minutes into the game and as he approached centre he ran out of skating space and cut towards the sideboards. There, he was hit head first into the boards by Milwaukee’s Mike Liambis- which left Percy lying on the ice in obvious pain before he had to be helped off by medical staff.
Liambis was given a minor for boarding on the play.
“He dinged his head out there,” said Marlies coach Gord Dineen post-game. “We’ll see how he is over the break. He basically went through a lot of precautionary things and we feel positive about the outlook.”
Despite not returning to action on Sunday, the 25th selection from the 2011 NHL Draft showed a positive sign as he was seen walking around the Ricoh Coliseum after the game had finished.
The Marlies didn’t practise the past two days because of the holiday break, so an update on Percy’s health likely won’t be available until Friday when Toronto meets with Hamilton.
While it was still too early on Sunday to list Percy’s injury as a concussion, it isn’t out of the question as many concussion-like symptoms don’t creep up untill the days following.
Percy has a history with concussions from his time spent in major junior. In September of 2011 the Oakville, Ont. native was knocked out of the Leafs’ rookie tournament with concussion-like symptoms and then missed nearly two-and-a-half months from November to January of the same season after being diagnosed with a concussion while with the Mississauga Steelheads. He managed to dress in only 34 games that season.
In 15 games this season with the Marlies, Percy has three assists, 23 shots on goal and is a minus-10.