Michal Kempny leaves Hershey game early after colliding with ice scraper originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Michal Kempny left Saturday's Hershey Bears game in the second period after colliding with an ice scraper and did not return.
Kempny was reassigned to Hershey on Friday for conditioning. Saturday was his first game at any level this season after he suffered an Achilles injury in the offseason. His reassignment to Hershey was a promising sign especially right before the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but bad luck struck again on Saturday in bizarre fashion.
"Chalk that up to the weird, weird things of this year," Hershey head coach Spencer Carbery told the media. "He actually [made] incidental contact with one of the ice scrapers, believe it or not, which I've never seen before. It was just a completely unfortunate incident when one of the ice shovelers was coming by the bench, they got tangled up and Kemps had to leave the game."
Though Kempny did not return, Carbery said he did not think the injury was "too, too bad."
Kempny is expected to remain with Hershey through the regular season which ends on May 16. From there, he could be recalled by Washington for the playoffs as the salary cap and roster restrictions will be lifted. Though it is unlikely he would replace any of the team's regulars in the lineup at this point, defensive depth is always important in the playoffs, especially considering Washington traded away left defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler at the trade deadline.
If the end of the Caps' regular season is any indication, with the team missing Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov, adding extra depth for the playoffs is certainly a good thing.