Oct 302011

Kyle Beach, the Chicago Blackhawks 1st round pick (11th overall) in 2008, is potentially facing some considerable downtime.

Beach sustained a serious injury Friday night during a third period fight with Peoria forward Stefan Della Rovere.

Officially, the word is Beach suffered an “upper-body” injury.  Beach was in Rockford on Saturday and is expected to be evaluated by Blackhawks’ doctors in the next day or so to determine the next course of action.

“[Beach] is still be evaluating with our doctors here in Rockford and hopefully we’ll know what’s going on in the next few days,” IceHogs’ head coach Ted Dent said on Saturday night.

While team and organizational policy does not allow anyone to speak about player injuries specifically, it was clear while watching the fight Beach injured his shoulder.

Upon seeing the incident, it is apparent Beach dislocated, or suffered some degree of injury to his right shoulder and was in a lot of pain.  If the damage is substantial, surgery could force Beach out for most, if not all, of this season.  If team doctors decide surgery is not necessary, Beach would still miss several weeks minimum.

Though slower to progress as compared to other recent Blackhawks’ first round picks, Beach is still considered a top prospect by many, both in the organization and around the league.

At 21, Beach is off to a strong start in his second year as a pro.  Through eight games, he had posted 3 goals and 6 points, in addition to 18 penalty minutes (including two fights).

Any missed time will be an unfortunate setback for the feisty sniper.

It appears his time out will be substantial, however.

Coincidentally, Beach’s counterpart in Friday’s fisticuffs, Stefan Della Rovere, suffered an “upper body” injury himself during the same altercation.  Della Rovere was not in the Rivermen lineup on Saturday night and currently there is no timetable for his return.  The Peoria Journal Star is reporting Della Rovere suffered a hand injury.

Video of the fight is now up here.


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  7 Responses to “Kyle Beach could miss significant time”

  1. Was Beach sticking up for someone, or did he yet again choose to get into (and lose) a fight?

    Tough luck for him, as he looked to be starting to turn the corner on his pro career.

    • Looked to be a fight they both wanted. Rovere is 5-11 to Beach’s 6-3. Beach didn’t hurt his shoulder until the very end, it appeared, but he wasn’t winning the fight, no.

  2. You don’t need to stick up for someone to fight in hockey. You fight for many reasons, one is to put some energy in your team, or you could be trying to send a message to the other team.

  3. I will say, that there are some excellent shoulder doctors in Rockford. He will receive top quality medical assistance here. Beach still needs to control himself and just stop fighting so much. That is not what he is paid to do.

  4. […] in 2008) may miss the game tonight for Rockford.  While he is still listed on the active roster, he sustained a significant upper body injury during a fight last weekend.  Beach, a left wing, has six points this year (3G, 3A) and 18 PIM.  You can see the fight […]

  5. […] shoulder in Peoria on October 28th during a fight with Rivermen forward Stefan Della-Rovere.  At the time of the injury, there was fear Beach’s season could be […]

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