Yesterday was decision day for Brendan Shinnimin of the Tri City Americans.
He was suspended 12 games for his devastating hit from behind on Saskatoon Blades forward Josh Nicholls. Nicholls suffered a concussion, bruised back and bruised knees during the hit.
At the time of the injury, he was tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 points in 6 games.
Now that the suspension has been handed out, the question shifts to the health of Nicholls.
Well, it sounds like he won't be out much longer.
My colleague Les Lazaruk had a chance to talk with Nicholls yesterday about the hit and the suspension. He didn't mince words, saying he was disappointed Shinnimin wasn't sat for longer.
Nicholls also updated his injury status. He says that he is hoping to be back in the lineup on Friday when the Blades visit the Red Deer Rebels.
Will Coach and GM Lorne Molleken actually put him in the lineup on Friday or Saturday in Lethbridge? That's yet to be seen. Will he play the following Tuesday in Moose Jaw? Who knows.
But it sounds like he is close to returning, and that is definitely good news for the team, the fans and the league.