Sunday, December 13, 2009
KNEE INJURY SIDELINES WIERCIOCH'S WORLD JUNIOR BID
A pre-existing knee injury has ended former Express Patrick Wiercioch's bid to make Canada's National Junior team for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Saskatchewan later this month.
Hockey Canada's medical staff has sent Wiercioch back to his college club the Denver Pioneers due to the injury following his medical exam.
Tyler Cuma of the Ottawa 67's has been called up to take Wiercioch's place at camp.
Wiercioch was one of the players cut from camp before the tournament got underway last year.
Ottawa selected Wiercioch in the 2nd round of the 2008 NHL draft 42nd overall.
Wiercioch played with the Express in the 06-07 season as a 16 year old scoring 9 goals and 25 points in 42 games.
He then went to the Omaha Lancers of the USHL where he won a national championship in 2008.
Wiercioch is in his second season at Denver where he has 2 goals and 10 assists in 16 games.