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TCH: Ewanchuk keeps Americans on their feet

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

With all the protective equipment hockey players are required to wear, one would think injuries would be far and few between.

The equipment — which includes shin pads, shoulder pads, chest and back plates, elbow guards and helmets with visors — covers most of a player’s body, but unless you truss up a player in bubble wrap and keep him on the bench, injuries are bound to happen.

For the Tri-City Americans, the last two seasons have seen athletic therapist Darcy Ewanchuk earning every dime of his paycheck.

During the 2012-13 season, the Americans had nearly 200 lost games to injuries, and this season is on the same path, with 102 games lost heading into tonight’s home game against the Kamloops Blazers.

“There’s no rhyme or reason to it,” said Ewanchuk, who is in his fourth season with the Americans. “You can have a year where you have all kinds of shoulder injuries and the next year there are none. They are just freak sort of things. What happens out on the ice has nothing to do with how prepared they are. They are physically ready to play.”

Americans coach Jim Hiller doesn’t know about every ailment among his players. He trusts that Ewanchuk will do his best to make sure everyone is taken care of.

 

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