UPDATE (Friday, 9:30 AM): Looks like the kid is done for the tournament. Tough stuff.
Thank you for all support and kind words. Unfortunately I’m not able to play at this tournament anymore. But I will come back stronger than ever pic.twitter.com/sTZGtddzWT— Jakub Lauko (@jakub_lauko) December 27, 2019
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Heading into this year's World Junior Championships tournament, many Bruins fans were excited to see how Jakub Lauko would do against other elite players in his age group.
That excitement may be short lived, as it appears Lauko has suffered a pretty serious injury under a minute into his tournament.
Bruins prospect Jakub Lauko injures his leg 53 seconds into the WJC pic.twitter.com/KDxLWZjMK5— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 26, 2019
Here are a few other angles:
Jakub Lauko slow to get up after this play pic.twitter.com/kcxylL5WXN— Here's Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) December 26, 2019
Two areas of concern here: his right leg torques pretty badly.
Second, it looks like his head might hit the ice on the way down.
Reporters at the game said Lauko went right to the locker room and wasn't putting pressure on his right leg.
It was also reportedly announced that he won't return to the game.
Lauko, you'll remember, was injured in a scary collision during a Providence Bruins game a few weeks back, but had recovered enough to play in the tournament, which is being held in his home country of the Czech Republic.
Hopefully the kid is OK.
UPDATE (11:45 AM): Certainly looks like a knee injury.