Griffins’ Turgeon will stay out for playoffs

Grand Rapids Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Griffins’ Dominic Turgeon was back at practice Tuesday, a morale booster for his teammates even though he had to stay on the bench.

Turgeon has been off the ice since April 11, when a blood clot was discovered in his right arm and he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome.

He told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday he had noticed bruising and swelling in his arm for a couple days, so he went to the trainer before a game in metro Austin versus the Texas Stars. They decided to get it checked out at a local hospital.  

“I’m thinking I’m going back for my pregame nap and they say, ‘You need surgery right away.’ And so I’m getting hooked up to machines and I had surgery an hour after that,” he said. “It’s a scary thing, especially coming out of nowhere, just realizing blood clots can be serious. And (with) playoffs, too, it definitely wasn’t ideal, but it happened.”

He has since undergone a second in Tampa, Florida, to restructure his ribs in an effort to prevent future problems. He will be out for the rest of the postseason but said he hopes to return for training camp next season.

A center currently in his second season with the Griffins, Turgeon is the son of former NHL player and current Los Angeles Kings offensive coordinator Pierre Turgeon.

The Griffins are tied one game apiece with the Manitoba Moose in their opening-round series of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs. Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday at Van Andel arena.

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