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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE -- Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall recently underwent season-ending knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Upshall suffered the injury during a game vs. Calgary on Jan. 28. He had surgery on Feb. 9 in Alabama.

In an exclusive interview with Dave Vest of, Upshall answered questions about his injury, his surgery and his future.

Q: How are doing emotionally and physically?

Scottie Upshall
A: “Over the last few weeks I’ve had a lot of time to think about my career and the season that I was having and the season the team was having. To get injured like that was really disappointing. On the up side, the surgery went really well. I’m a week out of surgery and I’m feeling better every day, and rehab is going really well so I think we’re going in the right direction.”

Q: Did you know right away how serious your injury was or did you initially feel it was an injury you could quickly come back from?

A: “I was hoping it wasn’t serious, but deep down I knew I did something that I hadn’t done before. As an athlete you like to say that you know your body to a certain extent and when I felt that knee kind of catch the ice and pop like it did it didn’t feel very good. It was just an unfortunate incident that’s part of the game. For me, it took a week for the swelling to go down before surgery and that gave me a lot of time to talk to friends and family… If it was something where I could have kept playing on it and continued to help the team win I would have, no question. But this ACL injury is something you’ve got to look after, and I think we did the right steps for a full recovery for next season.”

Q: What exactly happened to you?

A: “You know Dave, I really don’t know how it happened. It was kind of a freak accident. I definitely didn’t get hit. It was a play behind the net where I stopped to try and change direction in a split second. I think I just kind of got caught on the ice and my skate and my leg kind of went in different directions.”

Q: I know it’s early but how is your rehab going?

A: “For the most part I’m still kind of laid up, but in the meantime my rehab consists of trying to strengthen the leg. I’m still in a brace so strengthening the leg throughout this period of rehab consists of bending it and trying to get range of motion back. It’s fascinating to see how small your quad and your leg muscles get when you don’t use them because there is so much swelling. Just getting through this first couple of weeks is what they say is the hardest part and from then on in it’s just dedication and just bearing down and making that leg even stronger than it was before. That’s my main goal and I am excited to get things going again and prepare myself for next season.”

Q: So, will you be able to attend the rest of the home games as a spectator?

A: “I’ll definitely be at the games. I’m still part of the team. I don’t want to be a distraction to the guys, but I don’t think there’s a guy in the dressing room that thinks having me around would be a bad thing so I’m definitely going to be there cheering on the guys.”

Q: Are you confident the team will continue to play well after the break for the Olympics?

A: “The guys have played extremely well since my injury and the goaltending has been great. Some guys have stepped up and had big games. Peter Mueller came on and had a big game in Dallas, Matthew Lombardi had a career night against Edmonton. Everyone is stepping up and that’s good because it’s going to take a full team effort more than ever over the last 19 games. I’m excited to cheer the guys and be a part of it. I still look at myself as a Coyote and I want this team to do great things.”

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