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Attack Camp Opens Without Maidens

Owen Sound | by Manny Paiva  

OHL team opens Main Training Camp without Jarrod Maidens able to hit the ice.


The Owen Sound Attack open their main OHL Camp Wednesday -- but one player will be missing from the ice.

Jarrod Maidens is not ready to skate yet due to a concussion that sidelined the 18 year old forward for 40 games last year.

Maidens -- who is in Owen Sound this week -- says he is trying to stay positive and upbeat despite the setback.

The Grimsby native says his goal this summer was to be ready to hit the ice at training camp, but now he doesn't when that will happen.

Maidens says his memory and balance tests improved over the summer but he is still experiencing different concussion symptoms during his training.

Maidens, a former first round pick of the Owen Sound Attack, tells us his doctors expect him to make a full recovery -- but the timeline is different for every person.

Maidens says he spent the summer getting treatment for his head and neck while also practising with a stick and ball at home.

Maidens scored 12 goals and 23 points in 28 games in his sophomore season with the Attack before being injured in November of last season.

Still, he was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the third round of this summer's NHL Draft. Maidens says the experience was exciting and a great reward for his family.

He attended Senators rookie camp but could not participate in any drills.

Maidens is best remembered for scoring the winning goal to give Owen Sound their first OHL Championship in 2011.

When Maidens looks at this year's roster of the Owen Sound Attack, he feels the team has a chance to make some noise in the playoffs again.

And he wants to be a part of it.



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