Canada’s Max Comtois played world juniors with separated shoulder

Coach Tim Hunter and players Max Comtois and Michael DiPietro spoke after Canada’s quarter-final exit at the world juniors.

Team Canada captain Max Comtois played in the world junior hockey championship with a separated shoulder, the Anaheim Ducks announced Friday.

Comtois will miss the next two weeks of the QMJHL season, where he is currently playing for the Drummondville Voltigeurs, while he recovers from the injury.

Comtois was the only returning player on a Canadian team that finished sixth in the tournament. He had five goals and six points in five games.

But he also made headlines for a more negative reason after Canada was eliminated by Finland with a 2-1 overtime loss in the quarter-finals. Before Finland scored the game-winning goal, Comtois was given a chance to win the game for Canada on a penalty shot in the extra frame. But he missed and Finland scored shortly after.

After that game, some people took it upon themselves to flood Comtois’ Instagram account with insults, which in turn sparked a wave of support for the 19-year-old.

Comtois was a second-round pick by the Ducks in 2017. The six-foot-two left-winger made the team out of camp and appeared in 10 NHL games this season, scoring two goals and another five assists. But a lower-body injury forced him out of action for a month and after a brief conditioning stint with AHL San Diego, the Ducks returned him to the Voltigeurs at the end of November.

He has three goals and seven points in five games with Drummondville


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