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An Injury-Laden Year For Wayne Simmonds

04/25/2018 at 6:24pm EDT

from Dave Isaac of the Courier Post,

Wayne Simmonds, somehow, played through a torn pelvic ligament, pulled groin, broken teeth, broken ankle and only finally came out of the lineup when he fought Sewell’s Tony DeAngelo and got his hand stuck in DeAngelo’s jersey, tearing a ligament in his thumb. The only reason he missed seven games was because he couldn’t grip his hockey stick....

Simmonds claims that all these injuries were a matter of pain tolerance and so the Flyers let him play. Doctors didn’t stop him even after he came to camp with the first injury, which he estimates would have cost him about a month and a half. He played on and scored a hat trick on opening night, lending more to his apparent indestructibility.

“They showed me the MRI and I’m like, ‘Can I play?’” Simmonds recounted. “They said I could play.

“I don’t know if it’s the right thing, but I can’t not play. It’s just geared in my head. If I’m not dead or I’m not deathly sick, I’m gonna try to get out there and do whatever I can. Whether the coach is gonna play me, whatever minutes he wanted to play me, that was up to him. I’m definitely gonna sacrifice my body for the team, that’s for sure.”

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