Spitfires Top Scorer Suffers Lacerated Kidney

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Spitfires’ top scorer suffers lacerated kidney

The Windsor Spitfires have lost leading scorer Alex Khokhlachev for the remainder of the Ontario Hockey League season.

The 18-yearold suffered a lacerated kidney in the first period of Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Whalers in Plymouth, Mich.

"For a team without a lot of depth, this is a major blow," Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner said Sunday after his team’s 7-1 loss to the Saginaw Spirit at the WFCU Centre.

The five-foot-11, 187-pound Khokhlachev, who is a native of Moscow, Russia, is the only player on the Windsor roster that has been drafted into the NHL. He was a second-round pick of the Boston Bruins in 2011.

In Saturday’s game, Khokhlachev was hit from behind by Plymouth’s Stefan Noesen and then collided with Whalers defenceman Dario Trutmann before falling to the ice. No penalty was called on the play. Khokhlachev stayed on the ice and had to be helped to the bench after being attended to by Windsor athletic therapist Joey Garland. He did not return to the game.

At first, it was thought Khokhlachev’s injury would only sideline him short term, but he was somber when leaving Windsor’s dressing room Sunday and said he would be out long term.

"It’s a very unusual injury, so no timeline has been set, but he will miss the remainder of the season, including the playoffs," Garland said.

However, Garland said no surgery will be required and he is expected to make a full recovery.

One of Windsor’s three alternate captains, Khokhlachev helped Russia win the silver medal at this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship. He is 20th in league scoring and tops the team with 25 goals and 69 points in 56 games.

"He’s our best player and one of the best in the league," Boughner said. "Hopefully, we can get into the playoffs without him and that would make it even more special."

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