UNH Alternate Captain Greg Burke Injured at Capitals' Camp
One look at this photo of Greg Burke - taken by Cheryl Nichols, who covers the Washington Capitals for District Sports Page - and UNH fans will cringe. It was taken on the second day of the Washington Capitals' Development Camp on Tuesday. Cheryl's initial report was that Burke appeared to have hurt his knee. I spoke with Ed Frankovic, who covers the Capitals for We Never Stop Talking (wnst.net) and he confirmed that Greg Burke was helped off the ice and into the locker room during a scrimmage at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington Virginia.
According to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, Burke was walking on crutches yesterday and had a walking boot on his right foot. A Capitals' spokesman characterized the injury as a sprained ankle.
Up until the injury on Tuesday, Burke was reportedly having a successful camp. On Monday, he scored one of the three goals tallied by the "white team" in a scrimmage. Both the pace and physicality of play reportedly increased on Tuesday.
Greg Burke was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 6th Round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (174th overall pick). This week, he was participating in his fifth Washington Capitals Development Camp. Since his final season with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders in 2008, Burke has battled through injuries including two to his shoulder. In spite of a dislocated finger midway through his junior year, Burke had his most productive season at UNH scoring 6 goals and 5 assists in 34 games.