A Blackhawks season that was already ending on a sour note just took another bad turn as coach Jeremy Colliton said that defenseman Adam Boqvist suffered a broken wrist in Tuesday’s game against the Lightning and is done for the season.
Boqvist left Tuesday’s game in the second period with an apparent wrist injury, and it was quickly was announced that he would not return for the game. While addressing the media after the game, Colliton confirmed that the bad news was even worse:
Jeremy Colliton said that Adam Boqvist has a broken wrist and is done for the season. #Blackhawks— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) April 28, 2021
The injury occured when Boqvist was hit by Erik Černák near the boards, and Boqvist’s arm was caught awkwardly between the two players’ bodies. Boqvist immediately began favoring his right wrist and was in obvious pain as he skated to the bench and headed to straight to the locker room.
Here’s a look at what happened to Boqvist:
Not good: Adam Boqvist goes straight to the locker room holding his right wrist/forearm. #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/d2XMEPzev8— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) April 28, 2021
The injury is scarily similar to the one that Kirby Dach sustained at the World Juniors in December. It was later announced that Dach would need surgery to repair his broken wrist and would miss 4-5 months, though he did return to hockey activities ahead of schedule. It’s unknown yet if Boqvist will also need surgery to repair the damage to his wrist, but regardless, he will miss the final seven games of the season. Hopefully that’s all he’ll miss, and Boqvist will be ready at the start of the 2021-22 season.
This will be the third time that Boqvist misses game action this season. The defensemen missed 11 games after spending about two weeks on the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol List in late January and early February, then missed three games while he was in concussion protocol for one week in mid-April.
When on the ice, the young defensemen was one of the the brightest spots of the season, becoming a steady presence both defensively and offensively on the back-end, and proving why he was the top-10 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. With Boqvist’s season over, he finished with two goals and 15 points in 35 games, putting him second among defensmen with 0.43 points-per-game.