Pascal Morency’s concussion - caused by a hit in his first competitive game for Sheffield Steelers - can’t have been helped when he walked head-first into a steel rafter in the media gantry above iceSheffield this week.
The French Canadian has been suffering headaches since a blow in the game at Wales and is a doubt for this weekend’s matches against Nottingham Panthers (away, Sat) and Belfast Giants (home, Sun.)
Exactly where the Giants game will be held is still a moot point. Owner Tony Smith says he is “confident” the Arena will be available after a leak which forced Steelers to postpone one home game and play another at iceSheffield.
The leak has now been found and corrected, but the Arena faces a race against time to get all the necessary tests completed, the floor frozen and the rink markings painted.
“It’s a horrible situation for us” said Smith “everyone at the Arena, Steelers and those employed to repair the broken parts are desperate for us to play at the Arena on Sunday.”
Meanwhile Morency, the 32-year-old winger, still appears a little dazed by his experience in Wales.
“After the game I was feeling a little different and the next day woke up and had some symptoms and that’s what I am going through right now” he said on video at thestar.co.uk
“My head aches, I am talking with the doctor and will take it from there.”
Morency said he thought Steelers had put together “a very exciting team.
“I have got to know the guys a little bit and they are very welcoming. Everyone seems to enjoy it here.”
He added the players felt appreciated by the fans, which was a very nice feeling to have.
“The championship is our ultimate goal. That’s what we are aiming for. Nothing less.”