Rochester Americans forward Corey Tropp started off the season well – he had the team’s first goal of the season, and added another as the Amerks defeated Syracuse on Friday. However, an injury during the game has proven to be costly.
During the third period of Friday’s matchup, Tropp got caught between the boards as Crunch defenseman Radko Gudas delivered a check with just over eight minutes remaining in regulation time.
Play continued, and Tropp – clearly injured and limping – stayed on the ice for a period of time before eventually hobbling his way to the bench.
The check was delivered legally and there was no penalty on the play.
After the game, Tropp was seen leaving the Blue Cross Arena on crutches, and Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat & Chronicle announced via Twitter today that Tropp suffered damage to his ACL and MCL in his right knee.
Surgery will end his season, delivering a significant blow to the Amerks’ offense but perhaps leaving an open space for other players to step up.