*OFFICIAL* Owen Sound Attack 2012-13 Season Thread
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01-30-2013, 12:48 PM
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has anyone heard how maidens is doing? is he feeling better? should we expect to see him in an attack uniform this year? i have not heard anything in a while now about his progress. and what about arthur gervurs do we expect him this year as well? those two kids would give us a huge boost offensively. would be like making huge trade to add secondary scoring without giving up anything
OWEN SOUND - Jarrod Maidens missed the shortness of breath and the burn in his legs from a hard workout.
After almost 14 months away from hockey, the Owen Sound Attack centre is finally getting reacquainted with those feelings as he slowly recovers from post-concussion syndrome.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been out of breath doing something,” Maidens said on Tuesday after his first on-ice workout in Owen Sound.
“I miss that feeling. When you’re healthy you don’t (look forward to it). As an athlete, it’s something you love to do, getting out there and working hard.”
Maidens is working out again and back in Owen Sound to be with the Ontario Hockey League squad while he slowly returns to hockey.
“It’s one of those things that I just have to get the rust off,” said Maidens. “The stamina is slowly coming. I’m definitely in a lot better shape than I was say two or three weeks ago.”
Maidens suffered the concussion when he received an accidental knee to the head in a game on Nov. 30, 2011, against Barrie.
He finished the game but the next day the symptoms set in and he ended his season at 28 games with 12 goals and 11 assists.
Before the concussion, Maidens was projected as a first-round pick in the 2012 National Hockey League entry draft. But his lengthy layoff saw him fall to the third round, where he was taken 82nd overall by Ottawa.
Maidens spent several weeks in Canada’s capital beginning in November, working out and skating with Senators team officials. Once the NHL lockout ended, Maidens and the Senators concluded that he’d be best served by returning to Owen Sound.
“It’s great being back in this environment with the guys, and it feels like home out there,” said Maidens.
“The hard part at the beginning is you want to be away from a lot of noise and stuff that will make it worse. As a player it’s hard to distance yourself from your teammates and staff and the organization. Mentally now it’s easier being back here.”
Maidens has been given on-ice and off-ice regimens from the Senators with the focus on keeping his heart rate at a limited level. He wears a heart-rate monitor during his workouts.
Ottawa will follow his progress through contact with Maidens and Attack trainer Andy Brown, who helped the Sens out during their rookie camp in the summer.
The plan is to get Maidens on the ice as often as possible but with a shortage of available times on the weekend, he may just skate weekdays and work out in the gym on weekends.
Maidens also hopes to travel with the club on some road trips. He skated for approximately 45 minutes on Tuesday under the direction of assistant coach Drew Bannister.
“Obviously we want him on the ice by himself so he can avoid contact with other players,” said Bannister.
“Right now it’s more skill-based stuff where he gets back the feel of the puck and moving his feet. Things where he’s changing directions and stuff to push himself through symptoms that he might have just from being tired. You try to build his tolerance up.”
It’s only recently that Maidens has been able to push himself through workouts.
“The biggest thing for him right now is conditioning, and we’re just carrying over from what they did in Ottawa,” said Bannister.
“We’ve got the same game plan as (Ottawa) and we’re just trying to get his confidence back and have him push through a lot of things that he’s not been used to over the last (almost 15 months).”
Maidens is experiencing some discomfort throughout the workouts, but now it’s because of the workout and not the concussion.
“I do feel (a little) headache and nausea and dizziness, but it’s one of those things that I need to try and see how it goes,” said Maidens.
“Hopefully it’s from just being out of shape. I want to push myself and see how it goes. I know my body and I know how far I can go. I’m still young but time isn’t on my side.”
Attack coach Greg Ireland made a point of repeatedly cautioning that Maidens is not close to returning to the Owen Sound lineup.
“I know initially everyone is going to get excited because Jarrod is back and he’s on the ice, but this has nothing to do with him playing,” said Ireland.
“I want to eliminate all of that talk and chatter right now. This is just part of his slow rehabilitation process, and we’re not even looking in that direction. I don’t want anyone to blow this out of proportion.”
Fans could be easily fooled into thinking that Maidens is ready to step right back into the lineup.
The Grimsby native doesn’t look out of shape — thanks in part to a teenage metabolism according to Ireland — and he was working hard on the ice Tuesday.
But his return isn’t about hockey, Ireland stressed.
“Just being back with his friends is important,” said Ireland. “To get some normalcy back in his life. Getting up every day and feeling pretty good is a good thing. It’s still baby steps for him.”
Maidens would love to be able to tell fans when he’s going to suit up again for the Attack.
“It’s frustrating and it’s tough because I just don’t have an answer right now,” said Maidens. “It’s a huge step (returning to Owen Sound) and it’s been a long process.”
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