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Video: Lightning prospects Drouin, Erne move on from December hit

Jul 5, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT

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It seems things are cool between Tampa Bay Lightning prospects Jonathan Drouin and Adam Erne.

Why wouldn’t they be, you might ask?

Well, last December, Erne, playing for the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL at the time, hit Halifax Mooseheads star Drouin from behind into the glass, earning him an ejection from the game.

Erne was selected in the second round, 33rd overall, by the Lightning in last year’s NHL Draft. Drouin was selected much earlier than that – third overall, also by the Lightning.

Drouin also suffered a concussion on the hit, and it was an injury that kept his status for the 2013-14 World Junior tournament in jeopardy for a time, although Hockey Canada expected him to be ready for the competition.

So, there’s that for a storyline at the Lightning’s development camp.

“The game goes fast. Stuff happens. It was one of those (things) that happens a lot,” Drouin told the Tampa Bay Times. “It just ended up being a little weird we’re on the same NHL team. I don’t think (the hit) was on purpose or intentional.”

You can view the hit here.

  1. lsxphotog - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    They have been pretty chummy at camp this week, so I’m sure they talked about it and have moved on. It didn’t look like an intentional attempt to injure when I first saw it.

  2. covertman - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Speaking as a Lightning fan… I certainly don’t blame Erne for doing what he did. When you’re playing any sport, your focus should be on doing what you can to help your team win.

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