Boston Bruins' Marco Sturm drives the puck against the Florida Panthers in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Saturday, Feb.13, 2010. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Boston, MA -- It was an understandably emotional Marco Sturm who addressed the media this morning, just one day after the Hub of Hockey learned that he would be unavailable for the remainder of the playoffs after tearing both the MCL and the ACL in his right knee.
"I mean, I’m still speechless," said Sturm. "After the ACL from last year and just, I just never thought there was going to be another injury like this.
"It’s a tough one, but I always came back from big injuries and I’m going to do it again. Yeah, but it’s definitely tough."
Sturm walked the media through the incident.
"I tried to [make a hit] and it happened right away when I started to push from my right leg," said Sturm. "I got caught or something like that and I know my knee twisted just a little bit. "I could hear right away the big pop. And I heard it again before, and I knew it right away that it’s going to be the same thing."
Sturm was asked if the injury marked the lowest point in his career.
"Probably, yeah," said Sturm. "You know...even last year with the same kind of injury, this one hit me the most, definitely.
"It was just unexpected. Too fast after...I came back. And it’s playoffs too. You always want to play in the playoffs. That’s why you play."
And it is a long road of surgery and rehab and work ahead.
"I mean that’s going to be the toughest challenge here," he said. "The last one I didn’t know what to expect so I just went at it. I was around all season with the boys and that helped me a lot.
"This time I know how hard it was, rehab and all that. It’s a lot of work. And I don’t know. Right now, I’m just still rattled. But I will come back, I know. I just got to be patient.
"I got my family to support me, I got my family at home, so we’ll see. It will be hard, definitely, but again, I know what to expect now and I just want to try to do the best I can."
Sturm also spoke about having his Bruins teammates on hand to support him through the process.
"It’s big. I said it before, last year they kept my spirits up through rehab," said Marco. "I was always around, I was always with the guys, and that’s what makes me happy.
"Everyone makes you happy if you’re hurt and bad times, but you know your teammates are behind you and beside you. And you can laugh.
"Like today, it’s not too many times I laugh at home, but as soon as you hit the rink, it just makes you happy. It’s definitely big."
And while he waits for surgery and rehab, Sturm will support his team from the pressbox.
"Yeah, it's definitely hard," repeated Sturm. "You always want to be a part of it and to be injured, it’s the worst part about it.
"All I can do now is do my rehab and get back to work and get healthy and support the guys.
"It’s a great group and I’m just going to wish them the best."