WINNIPEG — Tyson Wilson hasn’t let injuries derail his dreams of a professional hockey career. Wilson recently joined the Manitoba Moose on an amateur tryout agreement.
“This whole pro thing is a little new to me,” said Wilson.
Wilson, 25, was attending Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh just a few weeks ago, but these days the economics major is less concerned with analyzing market trends and more concerned with making capital gains on the ice as his years of hard work are now paying dividends.
“My first shift I was kinda taken away a bit,” Wilson said. “Even when they drive wide on the outside the guys are a little bit bigger, a little bit stronger so you have to put more muscle on them.”
His stock may be on the rise but it came with a price. The Brockville, Ontario native dealt with hip problems throughout his collegiate career.
“Just a bad hit and fractured my pelvis, tore some muscles off my pelvis, just a mess of things,” said Wilson.
But one surgery didn’t fix the problem and he’s here now after no less than five hip surgeries in less than three years time.
“Just a mess,” Wilson said. “It was hurt but then they didn’t get everything, so they had to go back in. It kinda just kept going like that.”
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With the exception of one season though, Wilson barely missed any time on the ice. In his senior year he had career bests in assists and points after playing through the pain in the winter to sacrifice his summers for rehab.
“The first couple weren’t as long for the rehab but my last two were a little bit longer, six, seven months.” said Wilson.
That’s now all in the rear view mirror as he tries to earn a regular AHL contract for next season.
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