Islander broke his thumb in August
Brooklyn native Darcy Ashley makes his return to the Halifax Mooseheads’ lineup tonight when they host the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
The 20-year-old right-winger hasn’t played since breaking his thumb during a fight in August.
“I’m ready to go 100 per cent,” he said Thursday, noting he will wear a brace for support. “It’s going to be exciting. It’s been a long wait, for sure, the last month and a half.”
He is one of four overagers battling for one of the three 20-year-old spots with the defending Memorial Cup champion Mooseheads. But the team will not have to make a decision on who dresses right away.
The team announced Thursday captain Trey Lewis has a labral tear in his hip. Centre Brent Andrews, of Hunter River, and defenceman Brendan Duke are the other 20s.
“We still don’t have our full lineup, but we want
to make the best of every situation,” Ashley said.
The league’s reigning hardest working player has been skating with Jonathan Drouin, who the Tampa Bay Lightning took with the third overall pick in the NHL Draft, and Euro Timo Meier.
“There’s a lot of creativity on the line,” Ashley said.
In 66 games last season, he scored a career-best 26 goals with 52 assists. He added 11 points in 17 playoff contests.
The Mooseheads received their Memorial Cup rings Wednesday night.
“It was just like putting the cherry on top of the sundae. It was the final hurrah from last year,” Ashley said. “It was awesome. It was really shiny and heavy.”