Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton has sat out his team’s past five games after leaving a 2-1 shootout loss against Florida on March 21 with an “undisclosed injury.“
Hockey teams are notoriously tight-lipped about the exact nature of injuries late in the season, largely to help make players less vulnerable targets when they return to the ice. The Bruins followed that protocol last week upon announcing Hamilton would be out “indefinitely” with an “upper body injury.” No further details were released publicly about the exact nature of the injury…that is until Wednesday night.
In a postgame press conference following a 100-87 win over the Indiana Pacers, Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk inadvertently let it slip that Hamilton is recovering from some broken ribs.
The seven-footer scored 19 points despite playing the contest with a gruesome black eye. Olynyk suffered the injury after taking an accidental elbow from Shavlik Randolph during a game of one-on-one on Wednesday morning. Upon being questioned by reporters about whether he thought about sitting out with the eye injury, Olynyk spilled the beans on Hamilton’s injury in the midst of praising the defenseman.
“I remember two days ago I was talking to Dougie Hamilton, I was texting Dougie Hamilton, and he told me he broke his ribs, and he was trying to come back before the playoffs. I was like, man, I can’t sit out [with a black eye.] He’s gonna rip me,” said Olynyk.
Olynyk later added, “All those hockey guys would have killed me [if I didn’t play] so I had to do it.”
It’s safe to assume that Olynyk was unaware that Hamilton’s rib ailment was not public knowledge, but you can bet the defenseman and his teammates will make sure the second-year center knows to keep any injury conversations private moving forward.