Dave Patriquin out with back injury for 2018 Canadian Championship

Dave Patriquin

April 18th, 2018

Toronto, ON

Dave Patriquin out with back injury for 2018 Canadian Championship

Canadian Athlete David Patriquin from Oromocto, NB is confirmed to be out for the 2018 season. Dave's back was injured late in 2017 and he has been working very hard to recover for the 2018 season. However, in his last visit to the specialist, the prognosis is not promising.

Dave had a positive appearance in 2017 at the Canadian Championship in London, ON taking the 8th spot in the Qualification Round 2 – Group Black. This performance did not earn him a spot in the Canadian Championship as only the top 4 athletes from each qualification group get a spot for a total of 8 moving to the Championship, but it placed him as 16th in the country in the Official Canadian Ranking. This position gave him an automatic invite to the 2018 series and today he regretfully has to step down.

"I would feel wrong taking a position in the Canadian Championship, because even if I heal in time, I haven't started training yet and don't know when or if I'll be able to, before July. The competition and the crowd deserve the best athletes possible. When I registered I was really hoping that this injury would be a short delay to me beginning my training but it has turned out to be a little more than that" told Dave to reporters in an official announcement.

Dave's injury opens up a spot in the Men's Pro Division and George Williams from Cape Breton will be taking his spot. Williams had a difficult qualification round last year where he scored the points to get a good spot in the ranking, but unfortunately was penalized for unsafe handling of his Hot Saw. Due to this he finished the year in the 19th spot at the bottom of the national ranking and was forced to descend to Second Division were he would have had to compete in the Second Division Qualifier in June to try to earn a spot back to First Division. "I am very sorry to hear that Dave is out with an injury and I will do my best to make him proud by taking his spot. I had a tough day in the qualifier last year but I have been training every day preparing for the second division qualifier. My goal is to make the Championship final and make Team Canada this year and despite Dave's sad news, I am happy to hear that I will have a direct spot back into First Division which is where I truly belong", commented Williams on Patriquin's injury.

The Canadian Championship begins July 19 in Wasaga Beach, ON

Dave Patriquin

David Patriquin

George Williams - River Denys, NS

George Williams

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