EVERETT -- If it weren't for bad luck, Jesse Mychan would have no luck at all.
The Tri-City Americans' rugged forward, who played just five games after returning to the lineup from missing the previous 15 with a broken left thumb, will miss the remainder of the playoffs after his right Achilles tendon was sliced Tuesday in Game 3 of the first-round series against the Everett Silvertips.
"It's part of the game," Mychan said of his injuries. "I can't dwell on it. I have to embrace it."
Mychan, a 19-year-old rookie from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, appeared in 2 1/2 playoff games before getting hurt Tuesday.
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"I was coming to the bench and we went into the boards," Mychan said. "(Everett's Josh) Winquist stepped back and got me. It was an accident."
His teammates have rallied around him, and Mychan said general manager Bob Tory has been supportive.
"Bob felt so bad for me," said Mychan, whose recovery time could take up to six months. "He is such a caring GM. Not many are like that."
Mychan was the second Tri-City player to get knocked out of the playoffs by the Silvertips. Defenseman Drydn Dow was checked into the boards by Manraj Hayer in Game 2 and broke his right arm.
Everett was home for Mychan until the Western Hockey League trade deadline in January. With the Silvertips, he played 26 games with three goals, four assists and 106 penalty minutes.
He was suspended three times by the league for a total of 14 games.
"In a way, what I did in Everett got me to where I am today," Mychan said. "(Everett) were intent on developing me into a different player. Maybe I wouldn't be on a championship team or enjoying my junior career as much as I am."
Everett was molding Mychan into an enforcer. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, he fit the bill. But as the season went along, the Silvertips found him expendable when the Americans came calling.
Tri-City needed some size to balance out their smaller skilled players, but they soon realized Mychan was more than a big man with a sketchy reputation.
"They had a different role for me here," Mychan said. "A role I didn't even know I had in myself. They felt I had a scoring touch. They put me with a couple of guys (Marcus Messier and Brian Williams) that helped me. I have to credit Jim for spending a lot of time with me after practice.
"I still have the mean streak, but I don't have to use it. I have more of a mentor role. Just goes to show what you can do when you put your mind to it."
Mychan played 18 regular-season games for the Americans, scoring seven goals with five assists and just 20 penalty minutes, before breaking his thumb against Vancouver on Valentine's Day.
In his short playoff run, he had a goal and an assist, and had worked his way onto the top power play.
"They pulled me in there and put me on the first unit power play," Mychan said. "My first shift on the power play, I got a goal. It's just unfortunate about my injuries. Hopefully next year I'll pick up where I left off."
For the time being, he will rehab and stick close to his teammates as they continue on to the second round of the playoffs after sweeping Everett.
"I like the atmosphere of us being a family," Mychan said. "It shows on the ice -- we are willing to pay the price for each other."
And that leads to success.
"I think winning is part of the culture," Mychan said. "A winning attitude is what this team has had for four years. I came to a team with their mind set on winning a championship. When I was out there, I contributed toward that. It's a good feeling."