The Nanaimo Clippers have a few too many players in suits and ties, cheering them on from the stands.
The B.C. Hockey League team has had terrible luck with injuries so far in 2010-11, and got more bad news this week. Forward Leo Fitzgerald was a late scratch from Wednesday’s game due to injury and is expected to miss at least two weeks.
Among the other injured Clippers, Kyle Kramer is closest to returning but is only listed as possible for Friday. Team captain Colton Cyr is still two weeks away.
Clips coach Bill Bestwick lamented how opposing teams have top lines that can be counted on to score goals, whereas Nanaimo doesn’t have any dangerous front lines right now.
“When you don’t have players leading then this is typically what happens. Somebody in that room has to become a leader,” said the coach. “Sure we’ll play better once we get players back in uniform but in the meantime it’s frustrating.”
GAME ON … The Clippers play the Powell River Kings on Friday (Oct. 1) at 7:10 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.