Patrice Cormier returned to Atlanta on Thursday to have the hard cast removed from his broken right foot. The Thrashers prospect is now wearing a walking boot but using crutches to get around.
“It’s day by day,” Cormier said Friday at the Thrashers-Lightning game at Philips Arena. I’ll see the doctor every couple of days. I still need the crutches. I can’t put full pressure on it. We are starting at 25 percent weight on my foot. I think it’s a good sign. I’m starting to walk on it a little bit. Not too much pressure on it right now.”
Cormier said he will remain in Atlanta at least for the short term to visit doctors for occasional X-rays to monitor the progress of the broken foot. The injury occurred while blocking a shot during a rookie camp scrimmage on the day before training camp in September. Suddenly the prospect’s chance at making it to the NHL was halted.
“It wasn’t a clean break,” Cormier said. “It was a shatter a little bit. It’s healed but I’m going to follow the doctor’s orders.”
Cormier hopes that he will be off the crutches in a week.
Cormier returned home to Canada following the injury. Last week he had the assault charge against him for an on-ice hit in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game unconditionally discharged. He spent the rest of the time with family and working out.
“I spent time with my family, friends, girlfriend,” Cormier said. “I had nothing else to do. I went to the gym in the morning and worked out my upper body, stretched out, did whatever I could. Mostly family time and trying to keep busy to forget about the foot.”