For a very long time veteran Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little has not been available to speak to the media, but this week the 32 year old center finally broke his silence when he appeared on a CTV broadcast this week while promoting a hospital lottery. It was frankly great to see Little looking so healthy following one of the most gruesome moments of the season, one in which Little suffered a terrible injury.
Although most players have lamented the fact that the season ended prematurely, Little's season was over all the way back in November when he was struck in the head by an errant shot from a fellow Jets teammate. Although this happens fairly frequently in the National Hockey League, Little's injury was considerably more rare as it struck him directly in the ear whole of his helmet. That of course left Little entirely unprotected and his ear absorbed the full force of the shot, perforating his ear drum and consussing him in the process. It put an end to his season and it wasn't until months later, In March, that Little was able to undergo corrective surgery to repair his damaged eardrum. He spoke briefly about the experience during his most recent availability.
“I remember it pretty well, actually,” Little said as per the Winnipeg Sun. “It was one of those normal games, and it changed in the blink of an eye. I was skating behind the net, and felt the puck hit me right in the ear. And I knew right away that it wasn’t good… when I first tried to get up I just felt really off-balance and saw the blood right away, so I knew something bad had happened.”
Little says he is feeling "pretty good" these days but he still is a ways away from recovering it would seem. Although this injury happened all the way back in November the expectation is that Little will not be ready to go when the Jets participate in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, this in spite of the large delay in the season. Prior to the injury Little was off to a solid start with 2 goals and 3 assists for a combined 5 points in his first 7 games of the season.