San Jose Sharks Injury Update: Scott Hannan Misses Practice


San Jose Sharks forward Scott Hannan missed practice this morning due to an upper body injury.

Hannan left the game in the first period of Saturday’s game and never returned to the ice after a hit by New York Islanders’ Cal Cluttrbuck. Nothing has been disclosed as to the details of the injury, but according to coach Todd McLellan, it isn’t being considered serious. “He’s being evaluated today. Obviously, he didn’t skate and we’ll know more later on, but we think he’ll be fine,” McLellan said.

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Saturday also marked the celebration of Hannan recently playing in his 1,000th game (the Tuesday prior) in the NHL. An injury isn’t the best way to end such a game, but at least he isn’t hurt badly. Many spectators never thought Hannan would make it to this milestone, but he’s proven his ability to play at the national level and deserved the honor.

Hannan grew up playing a style of hockey that was much slower. With that in mind, his ability to adapt to a different type of hockey after the 2004-2005 lockout shows just how great of a player he is. “You grow up playing a certain way, defending and being a certain type of player,” he said. “When those things change, you kind of had to change with it. You work on things in the off-season – speed, foot speed, anything you can to stay in the game.”

Hannan will likely be replaced in the lineup by Matt Irwin until he is healthy enough to play.