Hounds Defenseman Ryan Sproul out 8-12 Weeks
Anthony Bumbaco for local2 sault ste. marie
October 7th, 2012 at 6:19pm
Sproul, a 2nd round pick in 2011 by the Detroit Red Wings, left last nightís game just 45 seconds into the contest favouring his arm after being knocked to the ice after a rush into the Sarnia Sting zone. He left the game under much distress and was immediately taken to the Hounds dressing room and did not return to the game.
This is a huge loss for the Hounds as Sproul was on pace to be one of the offensive leaders for Ontario Hockey League defensemen after recording 1 goal and 8 assists in 7 games so far in 2012-2013. He is the quarterback on the teamís first powerplay unit, plays in all key situations and is among the league leaders in ice time per game. They will also miss his leadership on the ice as one of only a handful of veterans on the OHLís third youngest roster.
After getting off to a 5-2-0 start to the season, the Greyhounds will need a number of others to step up in the absence of Sproul. The Hounds are back in action on Thursday night when they head to Windsor to take on the Spitfires.