April 8, 2015
TORONTO— The Toronto Marlies will have to push for a spot in the post-season without their captain.
Marlies head coach Gord Dineen confirmed on Wednesday that Troy Bodie won’t be back on the ice before the end of the regular-season after suffering a hand injury on April 1.
“Looks like it’s going to be long-term, his hand, pretty evident,” said Dineen.
“He’ll miss the rest of the regular season, we’ll see from there. It’s evaluating week to week.”
The 30-year-old winger left a game against the Chicago Wolves and did not return after injuring himself. He had been skating on a line with Frazer McLaren and centre Sam Carrick prior to getting hurt.
Unable to play, Bodie has returned home to heal his wounds and spend some time with the newest addition to his family.
“Right now he is at home with his newborn baby, back in Los Angeles. Nurturing the baby and his hand” said Dineen.
The Portage la Prairie, Man. native, who played 52 games with the Maple Leafs over the past two seasons, was named the Marlies’ captain in February after it was evident former captain Trevor Smith would not be returning from the big club.
Bodie produced eight goals and 15 points in 58 games this season with the Marlies.
“He’s certainly someone we’ll miss, on that third line, penalty kill, leadership in the room,” said Dineen.
Bodie isn’t the only Marlies player who will miss Toronto’s post-season push.
Forward Jamie Devane is done for the rest of the year after undergoing surgery on his hip.
The 24-year-old hasn’t been in the lineup since March 13 and was seen walking around the Ricoh Coliseum on Wednesday with crutches.
The issue with his hip wasn’t disclosed but it was something that was lingering throughout the season and needed to be dealt with.
The goal is to be fully recovered in time to return 100 per cent healthy for next season.
The Mississauga, Ont. resident had two assists in 39 games with the Marlies.
Toronto has six regular-season games remaining, with its last scheduled for April 19 against Chicago. The Marlies are two points behind the Milwaukee Admirals for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with two games in hand.