Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Madaisky Back Skating
Blazer D Austin Madaisky is back skating for the first time since fracturing his C7 vertebrae in his neck in a game vs the Chilliwack Bruins February 4th at ISC.
"It feels great...but I was a little rusty out there today," said Madaisky from his home between the Vancouver suburbs of Surrey and Langley.
The hit from Bruins captain Brandon Manning drew a major and game misconduct. Initially it looked like Madaisky was going to be ok until the next morning when he figured it was more serious than first thought. An x-ray showed a break in his neck and that his season was over. Up until three weeks ago, he had to wear a neck brace 24 hours a day.
"It was a long three months. The worst part was just getting the stares from everyone (laughing)."
Doctors say Madaisky's fracture healed better than expected according to the Blazer d-man.
"They said it healed great, they couldn't have asked for anything better. I saw the x-ray after and the way everything lined up.
Madaisky went through a rigorous power skating session and says he's working out four days a week right now as he prepares for next season.
He admits the injury and the way the Blazers season ended has provided motivation for his return.
"It's time for a winning season. I'm going to put a lot of pressure on myself. I know we are all working hard so things will change for next season."