Ryan Graves to play Friday for Val-d'Or after dental procedure on Thursday

Published on April 11, 2014
Ryan Graves

From the Guardian, TC•Media

Defenceman Ryan Graves required some dental work Thursday, but will play Friday night for the Val-d’Or Foreurs in the Q playoffs.

The Yarmouth native was pushed forward into a scrum during the first period of Wednesday’s Game 4 with the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He fell to the ice and hit his mouth on what he believes was a skate.

“I finished the game,” he said Friday afternoon. “It wasn’t that painful really.”

On Thursday, he had a root canal, a tooth pulled and two fillings as a result of the incident.

But it won’t keep him out of the lineup for Game 5 at 8:30 p.m. in Val-d’Or with the series tied 2-2.

“This is a huge game for us tonight – a must win – so it’s pretty important (for me) to play,” Graves said.

“It’s two evenly matched teams. . . Hopefully, we can win the next few games here.”

Graves, who played with the Chalottetown Islanders, was traded to the Foreurs on the final day of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League trade period on Jan. 7.

“It was tough to leave P.E.I.,” Graves admitted. “But coming to Val-d’Or, we have an extremely good team. We have a chance to go pretty far in the playoffs, so that made it a little easier.”

Also helping with the transition was the presence of former teammates in Charlottetown, winger Louick Marcotte and goalie Antoine Bibeau.

In March Graves signed a three-year entry level contract the New York Rangers. Graves was a 2013 fourth-round draft pick of the Rangers.