‘It was my decision’: Canucks’ Mikheyev speaks out on handling of ACL injury

Vancouver Canucks forward Ilya Mikheyev discusses his season ending due to ACL surgery, sharing how he dealt with the injury he sustained in training camp throughout the Canucks' embattled season. Courtesy: Canucks TV

Vancouver Canucks forward Ilya Mikheyev took to Twitter on Saturday to address the discourse surrounding his season-ending ACL surgery.

After playing through a knee injury he sustained in the preseason, it was announced on Friday night that Mikheyev will undergo a surgical procedure on his ACL that will shelf the popular 28-year-old until next season.

In the wake of Vancouver’s alleged bungling of winger Tanner Pearson‘s hand injury, which saw Pearson’s season ended after initial estimates pegged his return at 4-6 weeks and sparked claims by Quinn Hughes that it “wasn’t handled properly,” doubt swirled around the Canucks’ medical competency.

Mikheyev dispelled those rumours, claiming that he never felt pressure to play and was being consistently re-evaluated. Mikheyev took full responsibility for his decision to play through his injury, and has “no complaints about the way this was handled.”

In 45 games played this season, Mikheyev collected 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points. The Canucks signed the former Toronto Maple Leaf to a four-year, $19-million deal last summer.

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