Injured Ams players on the mend

June 8, 2012 

Six months for a full recovery.

Those were not the words Jesse Mychan wanted to hear after his right Achilles’ tendon was severed in Game 3 of the Tri-City Americans’ first-round playoff series against the Everett Silvertips.

The Americans forward has put in the work during rehab and expects to lace up his skates next week.

“They told me six months, and I’m a week away from skating,” Mychan said. “I’m fortunate it’s coming along the way it is. I’m anxious to get on the ice.”

Mychan was one of three Tri-City players hurt in the Everett series.

Defenseman Drydn Dow broke his right wrist in Game 2, and forward Marcus Messier suffered a concussion when he was blindsided by an open-ice hit in Game 4. All three missed the remainder of the playoffs.

It has been 11 weeks, and all three players are on the mend. Camp begins in late August.

“I’ve been working really hard to stay in shape,” Mychan said. “It’s been coming along good for me. I should be ready for fall camp.”

Mychan, who was injured when Everett’s Josh Winquist stepped on the back of his heel when he was heading off for a line change, has been working with physical therapist Blaine Whyte in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

“He breaks up all the scar tissue and stretches it out,” Mychan said. “I’ve started doing some workouts with my leg. I’m doing really good.”

Dow, who was hit by Everett’s Manraj Hayer, planned to play if the Americans got past the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Conference finals.

“Since we got knocked out before we wanted, I kept the cast on,” Dow said. “It’s been going according to plan. I have been going to physio twice a week. It’s stiff. I just have to keep moving it.

“I started skating (and shooting the puck) two weeks ago, and it’s doing really good.”

Mychan and Dow are among six overage players returning in hopes of earning one of the three overage spots. The others are Justin Feser, who was named captain for the 2012-13 season, Jordan Messier, Patrick Holland and Derek Ryckman.

“I love the Tri-City organization,” said Dow, who has played three seasons with the Americans. “I’d sure love to be back there. Based on the 20s we have, it will be tough to earn a spot on the team.”

Until camp rolls around, Dow will help with youth hockey teams in his hometown of Calgary.

Marcus and Jordan Messier also are back in Alberta. The brothers will work the 19th annual Messier Banff International Hockey School in August.

Marcus Messier, who was put out of playoff action by Everett’s Ryan Harrison, has been medically cleared to return to the ice.

The Messiers have been working with trainer Doug Crashley of Crash Conditioning from Calgary. Crashley makes the hourlong drive to Canmore twice a week.

• Annie Fowler: 582-1574; afowler@tricityherald.com

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