Future's bright, but he has to wear shades 1/22/04
By ROBIN SHORT, Telegram Sports Editor
With his right eye swollen and a laceration underneath the eye, St. John's Maple Leafs' forward Harold Druken watches his teammates practise at Mile One Stadium Wednesday. Druken was injured when hit in the face by a high stick in a game against the Milwaukee Admirals Friday. (Photo: By KEITH GOSSE/The Telegram)
He has to undergo further testing this week, but it seems St. John’s Maple Leafs centre Harold Druken has escaped serious eye injury after catching an errant stick in an AHL game Friday in Milwaukee.
Druken was caught by Ray Schultz’s stick in the 4-3 St. John’s win. He was seen by eye specialist Dr. Rob Devenyi in Toronto Monday and will visit a second specialist in St. John’s this week.
“It was swollen all week, but now it’s starting to feel a little better,” said Druken, sporting dark sunglasses covering up a four-stitch cut at the side of his right eye.
“The doctor said there’s nothing wrong with the retina as far as he can see. He couldn’t see the whole retina, so I have to see a specialist down here this week.”
Eye injuries and the Leafs — St. John’s or Toronto — disturbingly seem to go hand in hand these days. Toronto’s Owen Nolan has been out since being clipped Jan. 3. Tuesday night, three Leafs — Darcy Tucker, Matt Stajan and Tie Domi — took sticks in the face against the Islanders. Tucker had retina surgery on his left eye and he’s out at least two weeks.