Trupp to have surgery
"We're trying to get it done quickly," Trupp said. "The doctors said the rehab will take two to three months."
The 5-foot-9, 151 pound forward suffered the injury after getting tripped by a defenseman's stick in Game 2 against Burnaby. In his words: "I came into the zone and I was cutting across, and the D-man stuck his stick out. I tripped over it and my shoulder popped out."
He came back and played with the dislocated shoulder in Game 6 of the series, even though his coach said he probably shouldn't have. Trupp's Penticton team lost the series 4-2.
Trupp said he hasn't decided if he will play one more season with Penticton, or if he will come to UND in the fall. The injury will not affect his decision, though.
When I talk to BCHL people, they all are quick to bring up Trupp's outstanding vision.
"He can think two plays ahead of anyone else on the ice," Penticton coach Bruno Campese said. "He's very skilled."
He was named Interior Conference rookie of the year and he led the BCHL in rookie scoring (29G, 50A -- 79P).
Dave Hakstol and the coaching staff seems to have, once again, recruited a proven winner in Trupp. He won state titles at Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska, as a freshman and a sophomore. As a junior, he won a state title with South High School. So, losing in the BCHL championship series was something new for Trupp. Still, he said he's happy he decided to play Junior A hockey instead of a fourth year in high school.
"There was a change, for sure," he said. "It was more physical and the pace was faster. I thought I played well, though, just making that step from high school to Junior A."