Detroit Red Wings presented by AT&T
2015-16 Ticket Plans Available Follow @DetroitRedWings on Twitter! Follow the Red Wings on Facebook! Follow @DetroitRedWings on Instagram! Follow the Red Wings of YouTube! Follow DetroitRedWings on Periscope! Follow the Red Wings on Vine! Follow the Red Wings on Google +! Follow OfficialDRW on Snapchat! Follow the Red Wings on Pinterest! Follow the Red Wings on Tumblr! Get Red Wings Email Updates Get Red Wings Text Updates Get the Detroit Red Wings Official Mobile App

  • RSS

Wings lose Mursak to ankle injury

Sunday, 09.25.2011 / 7:24 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor |
Share with your Friends

Wings lose Mursak to ankle injury

DETROIT – Forward Jan Mursak was expected to be on the Red Wings’ opening night roster when they open up the regular-season Oct. 7 against the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena.

That won’t happen now.

Mursak, 23, suffered a fractured left ankle when he landed awkwardly along the boards after he was shoved from behind late in the second period of Sunday’s exhibition win over the Chicago Blackhawks at JLA.

“Obviously, it’s a real blow to him,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “It’s real unfortunate for him. He’s a guy who had a real good chance to make our club, now he has to start behind the eight ball.”

Mursak will likely be out for at least eight weeks, Babcock said.

“Every year it’s the same thing: way more guys make the team than you ever think because you end up with so many injuries,” Babcock said. “With the parody in the National League and how tight everything is, I really believe that leads to injuries because the games are so hard each and every night.

“It’s tough when you’re a kid. When you’re a veteran, it’s a different thing. But it’s tough missing the start; it’s tough to catch up.”

First, the Wings’ forward was slashed in the left ankle by Chicago forward Dan Carcillo, for which the Blackhawks’ forward received a minor penalty. Still, with the delayed penalty coming, Mursak managed to skate down the right wing, and blow past 6-foot-3 defenseman Dylan Olsen. But as Mursak headed behind the Blackhawks’ net, he was shoved hard into the boards by Olsen.

Mursak was helped from the ice by teammate Henrik Zetterberg and team athletic trainer Piet Van Zant.

Mursak, who was a sixth-round pick in 2006, was expected to be a four-line forward for the Wings. He’s played the last three season with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League. He was played in 19 games with the Wings last season, and scored one goal and was a minus-3.

Follow Bill Roose on Twitter | @RooseBill


H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38 is the official Web site of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings and are trademarks of the Detroit Red Wings. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
© NHL 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Advertise/SponsorshipsOlympia Entertainment | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Employment | Contact Us | Terms of Use | Site Map