Hurt Canucks itch for action
Seabrook back at it, but Colliton done
By TERRY KOSHAN, Sun Media
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Brent Seabrook jokingly said he would dress for
Canada if his shoulder was hanging by a thread, but teammate Jeremy
Colliton wishes he were only so lucky. Seabrook was back at practice
yesterday after taking a day off to rest his ailing shoulder, but
Colliton, who is nursing a sprained knee, in all likelihood has
played his last game at the 2005 world junior championship.
"I will help any way I can," said Colliton, who has appeared in only
one match at the tournament, against Sweden last Monday. "It's nice
to be here and I'm still part of the team. It's tough to say (whether
he will play again). I'm getting it evaluated each day and we'll have
But Colliton, who was one of 12 returning players from the team that
won silver in Finland last winter, has not practised the past few
days and still is limping. After many of his teammates finished
interviews yesterday and departed the Ralph Engelstad Arena here in
Grand Forks, N.D., Colliton hobbled out of the building, clutching a
knee brace. It's a precipitous drop for a guy who was on a line with
Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron during the selection camp in
Winnipeg last month.
If there is a gold-medal celebration on the ice for Canada on
Tuesday, Colliton probably will have no choice but to watch.
"If we continue to have success I will be happy," said Colliton, a
New York Islanders prospect who plays for the Prince Albert Raiders
of the Western Hockey League.
"I would like to be playing but this is something I can't control."