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Stingrays' Quick makes return to ice for playoffs

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – The playoff-bound Stingrays played 72 games in the regular season, but captain Kevin Quick missed 62 of them after snapping his left leg in half at a game in Greenville.

But Quick's return to the ice was anything but what his name suggests.

"I had a cast up to my hip. The first month I was just on my couch. I wasn't really thinking about hockey, just had a lot of pain," he said. "Then I started walking around February so I thought I'd be back a lot sooner but it's such a big bone, so thick that it takes a long time to heal."

"Literally, his leg broke right in half," said Stingrays head coach Spencer Carbery. "Those injuries are so rare in hockey because it takes so much force for that to happen. It's more something you see in a car accident."

But it's no accident the 25-year-old Quick, a player who spent some time in the NHL, is back on the ice for the Stingrays.

"He's been great. He's been great through the whole process. He's continued to be a leader in our locker room. He's been a crucial part of our team, even when he hasn't been on the ice as our captain," said Carbery.

After 62 games on the sideline and hours of rehab, Quick started Friday night's game for the Rays.

"We waited until it was pretty much fully healed for precautionary reasons. I ended up getting one game in before the playoffs," he said. "I had hoped to play more."

His coach saw that he was ready to lace up his skates, too.

"His desire to want to be back there on the ice, to be there battling with his teammates, is really easy to see. It makes you assess, ‘My gosh if he wants it that bad, how bad do I want it?'" said Carbery.

After one game, Quick feels good but sees there's still some work to be done.

"Physically I feel good. Like I said, it's just the mental aspect of it, realizing every little thing you do out there has an impact on the game. I think especially Friday night I wasn't mentally there but I think physically I was there," he said.

And as the Rays host the Wheeling Nailers, he'll stay there as a key player pushing the Rays forward.

"He's going to play a ton. That's the difficult thing, making that adjustment. He's only played one game and now he's right into playoff hockey," said Carbery..

Quick and the Stingrays will be back on the ice Friday in the opening round of the playoffs and the start of their quest for a fourth Kelly Cup.

  • Daren Stoltzfus

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