HANNOVER, GERMANY- The Canadian Hockey Association announced early Thursday morning in Germany that Michael Peca of Canadas Mens World Championship team will miss the remainder of the championship due to a fractured cheek bone that he suffered Wednesday night during a 5-1 win over Russia.
Peca, the captain of this years World Championship team for Canada, suffered a fractured left cheek bone when he collided with a Russian player in the first period. Peca scored on the ensuing play, on a 2 on 1 rush with Steve Sullivan that put Canada up 3-1 on Team Russia.
Peca played the rest of the game, and was named player of the game of Canadas 5-1 win over Russia. After
the game, he was evaluated by Team Canada medical staff and was taken for precautionary x-rays which then
showed the fractured cheek bone.
Peca will return home to Buffalo on Thursday morning, and will be re-evaluated by doctors there.
"Obviously I am very disappointed to miss the remainder of the Championship due to my injury, " said Peca.
"We have a great group of guys here and it will be sad for me not to be a part of this team as they continue
on for our quest for a gold medal."
Peca had one goal and three assists for Canada in three games at this years World Championship.
"The character that Mike showed from day one to now has been outstanding, " said Assistant Executive Director, Lanny McDonald. "Mike has been a leader for our team both on and off the ice and will be missed."
"We are disappointed not only for the team, but especially for Mike as a person, " said Head Coach Wayne Fleming. "We feel that we have many leaders in our dressing room that will step up and fill the void that we will be missing not having Mike a part of our team."
McDonald, Fleming and the rest of the management and coaching staff will meet on Thursday to discuss naming a new captain, as well as to look at options of naming a replacement player for the injured Peca. At this time, no decisions have been made on either point.