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Report: Tomas Hertl (knee) won’t play in Olympics

Dec 26, 2013, 4:54 PM EDT

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There’s still no timeline for Tomas Hertl‘s return from a knee injury (and upcoming surgery), but the San Jose Sharks rookie is already being ruled out for the 2014 Winter Olympics. That’s the word from Czech national coach Alois Hadamczik by way of TV Nova Sports’ Roman Jedlicka.

This news isn’t that stunning considering the fact that there’s significant doubt he’ll play again in 2013-14, period. That being said, it underscores the concern surrounding the 20-year-old’s health.

No doubt about it, this is a shame for the Czech Olympic team, the Sharks and hockey fans in general. For many, his sensational/controversial between-the-legs move overshadows his other accomplishments, but the forward was a consistent producer overall. He didn’t fall off from a hot start riding shotgun with Joe Thornton this season, collecting 25 points in 35 games.

His Calder Trophy dreams have probably been dashed already, but the Sharks likely just hope that he can recover from this knee injury, even if it means sitting out the rest of this season. At minimum, he won’t be in Sochi, according to this report.

(H/T to the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno.)

  1. btlpper68 - Dec 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Once again brown IRELAVENT piece of s***

    • mcflower29 - Dec 26, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      once again, another useless post. (thumbs up= btlpper68 is a pos, thumbs down = hertl is a pos)

  2. joey4id - Dec 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Hey! You play a physical sport like hockey you gotta accept the fact that collisions will happen and can lead to injuries. If you can’t accept it then try curling. 😈

    • 19to77 - Dec 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      I hope he launches knee-first into your favourite player next, just to see if you can sing the same tune.

      • qauzaq - Dec 26, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        Brown didn’t lead with his knee for the billionth time….

      • skr213 - Dec 26, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Well, at least you got it right that this is the billionth time … that Brown has “accidentally” kneed someone.

      • joey4id - Dec 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen. It was an accidental collision between willing participants. These guys know what they’re getting into when they accept to lace the skates. Did you read the kneeing rule? He didn’t launch knee first into Hertl. Stop being so dramatic. You are clearly a fan, and therefore blind to the truth.

      • skr213 - Dec 27, 2013 at 2:05 AM

        Joey have you missed the 7 or 8 times now that Brown has “accidentially” kneed someone? I wonder why that doesn’t happen to anyone else?

      • mstrcool - Dec 27, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Brown did not lead with his knee. That being said Brown is a POS, if it happens a few times accident, if its getting close to double digits then that’s just reckless hockey and needs to be addressed. Someone needs to Nancy Kerrigan him, show him what its like.

  3. thailer35 - Dec 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    So one of the most exciting young players in hockey won’t be in one of the few Olympics he will have the opportunity to play in, all because Dirty Dustin is still throwing knees around because the league doesn’t deal with him. WAKE UP SHANNY!

    • joey4id - Dec 26, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      Stop whining! Accidents are part of the game. Collisions will happen and at times cause injuries. These players know the risks the moment they lace the skates and they are paid big bucks. (same as fighting) It’s just part of the game.

    • mstrcool - Dec 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      please ignore joey, he’s currently sleeping with brown

  4. dontbsuchapuss - Dec 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Browns a dirty player it’s sad a kid with that talent sidelined by a mediocre player

    • joey4id - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      As if this never happened in hockey before. Its part of the game. Have you ever heard of Bobby Orr?

  5. balexdk13 - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Sucks for Hertl! Raffi Torres deserves this more that Hertl! Raffi’s hit on Stoll looked a lot more worse than Brown on Hertl. Sucks for SJ!

  6. gandallk - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Only Dustin Brown knows if it is intentional or not.And he never won the Lady Bing award either.

  7. spochiefsfan - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Brown is a plug.

  8. bencia823 - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I hate this so much. Hertl is one of the most fun players to watch, largely because of the infectious smile he has when he’s on the ice. The positive energy that he brings was really rubbing off on his teammates and it will be tough for San Jose to rebound from this. I really hope he’s back for the playoffs.

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