Cormier on broken foot: “It’s not the end of the world.”

It was a bad time for Patrice Cormier to suffer his first broken bone.

The Thrashers prospect spoke on Saturday, a day after getting the news that he would be out indefinitely with a broken bone in his right foot.

“It’s a pretty big blow, but it’s not the end of the world,” Cormier said. “It’s a bump in the road.”

Cormier wore a hard cast while watching the first day of training camp practices, unable to compete for a roster spot. He said the break was on the outside of the foot. The injury will not require surgery but Cormier did not have a timetable for his return. He said he was hoping for an end of October or mid-November return.

“That’s what I keep saying in my head,” he said. “Maybe it’s going to be different. We’ll see. I will take it day-by-day. That’s the only thing I can do.”

The injury does delay Cormier’s NHL plays. The 20-year-old forward said he is likely to start the season for the Thrashers AHL affiliate in Chicago when he returns.

“Obviously, I’ll have to start out in Chicago,” Cormier said. “That’s probably going to happen. It makes everything harder. It’s a little adversity but I can’t wait to get back on the skates. I’ll have to start in Chicago. I’m not the first guy to have this happen and I won’t be the last.”

The injury occurred Thursday in the final four-on-four scrimmage of rookie camp on a shot by defenseman Paul Postma.

“I saw him afterward and he said he was sorry but you can’t be sorry,” Cormier said. “I’m not sorry I blocked his shot. I’d still block it tomorrow. It happens. You can’t be sorry. Keep shooting the puck. It was a hard shot for sure. … 70-80 percent of the time it’s just a blocked shot and you are all right.”

Broken foots are not new for the Thrashers. Ilya Kovalchuk, Mark Popovic and Evander Kane all missed games last year with the injury.

“I thought it was a little bruise like usual when you get shot on the foot,” Cormier said. “You put some ice on it and the next day you are all right. Then I saw the break on the X-ray. It was a shocker for sure. …

“The trainers know how to deal with it. I’m going to listen, do what I have to do and get back on the ice as soon as possible.”

10 comments Add your comment

Mjmcreynolds

September 18th, 2010
12:45 pm

Any news on the bergfors injury?

Telfo

September 18th, 2010
1:03 pm

love that quote about not being sorry

Hockey Biltong

September 18th, 2010
1:48 pm

Gr8 skating today.
Peverly looked good. So did Burmy and Petersson. Zubie looked better than during the week.
Bogo does look bigger and stronger. Took a helluva run at Kane and missed smashing in the boards in front of the crowd…but he did get Lisin earlier.
Boults was chippy with a bunch of folks…
I left after the red team played. Was there another scrimmage after that????

liquid fart

September 18th, 2010
2:42 pm

cormier = future captain.

NHL Ready

September 18th, 2010
2:54 pm

“Not the end of the world” But what a bad break for the kid (not meaning his foot). I was reallly looking forward to seeing him opening night. Hope he heals quickly I remember Kovy was back on the ice in no time.

G

September 18th, 2010
3:16 pm

Cormier is a cheapshot, look up his name and all that comes up is “horrifying attack” “elbow to a guy’s head without warning” etc. The QMJHL should have banned him and he definitely doesn’t deserve to be on ANY hockey team.

Sniper

September 18th, 2010
3:49 pm

Hey G,

What he did was not as bad as what Mark Messier and Gordie Howe did all there career. It was a mistake, the kid learned from his mistake, and will soon be a leader on the Thrashers hockey team.

Tony C

September 18th, 2010
3:58 pm

Yeah-that’s why he was captain of the best juniors team Canada has sent to Worlds in awhile right?

It was a cheap shot to be sure, and the kid deserves whatever punishment he receives for that hit. But it seems almost as unfair to have one incredibly horrible action define this kid’s entire life.

Flagstaff

September 18th, 2010
4:01 pm

What Sniper said. It’s not over for Cormier; unless I’m mistaken, he can be called up later in the season. I still have high hopes for him.

Zombie Steve

September 20th, 2010
4:19 pm

Seen other players do a lot worse. Cormier got more fallout than normal because it looked so brutal (Tamm convulsing on the ice and such)

Not defending him; it was in very bad taste what he did…. but I’ve seen worse.