Jared Spurgeon reveals stunning extent of injury

You have to feel for the Wild captain.

Michael W.

The Minnesota Wild were without captain Jared Spurgeon for all but 16 games this past season, as he endured multiple injury woes that required numerous trips under the knife to correct. 

For Spurgeon, who was able to resume skating a few weeks back and feels confident that he'll be able to return for Training Camp in the fall, it's a testament to just how far he's had to come.

“My foot would go completely numb during games and just wouldn’t come back for a couple hours,” Spurgeon said. “So, obviously, it’s tough when you’re out there just trying to skate and all that stuff; it got to the point where you’re toe-picking and stuff like that, and it’s very frustrating.

“You want to help the team, but you don’t feel like you’re helping them, either. That was something that once the surgery was done, it went away. My first skate back, there was none of that. It was an awesome feeling.”

It was certainly difficult for the Wild captain and the leader of the franchise to not be able to be in the moment with the rest of his teammates, not only on the ice but in the dressing room. 

“You’re more there to hear things out,” he said. “During the game, you can’t go in the dressing room and say what you’re seeing from up there. It’s a different feeling from above, as well, so it was more just trying to be there to bounce things off of each other and give them a sense of what I’m seeing, and my opinion, as well. It was definitely tough when you’re above and not really in those moments.”

In the 16 games that Spurgeon played this season, he was able to register five assists. 

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