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Injured Fabbri to provide support and encouragement

by Mike G. Morreale / NHL.com

TORONTO -- Robby Fabbri entered the mixed zone in the interview area using two crutches and in a walking boot on Sunday to discuss his new role with the Canadian National Junior Team after sustaining a tournament-ending high ankle sprain on Friday against Denmark in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"The guys know that I'm here for them," Fabbri said. "I'm a cheerleader the next couple of days and I'll be there cheering them along the way."

Fabbri spoke to reporters for the first time since sustaining his ankle injury on Friday in an 8-0 victory against Denmark in the tournament quarterfinal round. The St. Louis Blues prospect sustained his injury just over three minutes into the first period when he got tangled up with a Denmark defenseman in the left-wing corner and fell awkwardly. He was assisted off the ice and into the locker room.

Canada will play against Slovakia in a semifinal-round match on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN-US).

"I have a high ankle sprain and I don't know when I'll be back; as soon as possible I guess," Fabbri said. "I have seen the replay [of the injury] a couple of times. It's tough to have this happen in Toronto. It would have been nice to play but I'm just glad to be here. That feels great as well."

Fabbri said that members of the Blues' staff reached out to wish him well, along with players Jaden Schwartz and T.J. Oshie.

"I just come to the rink every day and support the guys and make sure I'm not bringing anyone down," he said. "I'm just happy to be here, happy to add support."

All of his Canadian teammates are playing for him.

"You never like to see a guy go down and hopefully he makes a speedy recovery but we're definitely playing for him, for sure," Canada forward Brayden Point (Tampa Bay Lightning) said.

Fabbri had two goals, six points and a plus-7 rating in five games for Canada.

"We all know who we're playing for now," Canada forward Max Domi said. "It [stinks] to see something like that go down, and to see that happen to anyone, especially one of your teammates, one of your buddies. We're playing for him now.

"He's a great guy on and off the ice, and his attitude is still really positive and hasn't changed. We're going to need that from him."

Canada coach Benoit Groulx knows the entire team is rallying behind Fabbri.

"It's very disappointing for him, obviously," Groulx said. "He's such a nice person and he's a great competitor. When you look at Robby Fabbri, when you look at the player itself, he's a very good hockey player. But what separates him from other players is how competitive he is and how much he wants to make the difference out there. He wants to be the guy."

Here are the projected lineups:

SLOVAKIA

Martin Reway - Robert Lantosi - Peter Cehlarik

Patrik Koys - Matus Sukel - Pavol Skalicky

Samuel Petras - Radovan Bondra - Michal Kabac

Dominik Rehak - David Soltes - Matej Paulovic

Mislav Rosandic - Eric Cernak

Matus Holenda - Christian Jaros

Marco Hochel - Patrik Bacik

Dominik Jendrol

Denis Godla

David Okolicany

CANADA

Max Domi - Sam Reinhart - Anthony Duclair

Brayden Point - Connor McDavid - Curtis Lazar

Nicholas Paul - Nicolas Petan - Jake Virtanen

Lawson Crouse - Frederik Gauthier - Nick Ritchie

Shea Theodore - Darnell Nurse

Madison Bowey - Joshua Morrissey

Joe Hicketts - Dillon Heatherington

Samuel Morin

Zachary Fucale

Eric Comrie

Injured: Robby Fabbri (right ankle sprain)

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