You knew it as soon as you saw it. In the second period of Tuesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, defenseman Adam Boqvist took a hit that looked exactly like the hit that Kirby Dach took at the World Junior Championships and the result of the play was the same: broken wrist. Chicago Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed the injury after the game and Boqvist’s 2021 season is over.
Jeremy Colliton said that Adam Boqvist has a broken wrist and is done for the season. #Blackhawks
— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) April 28, 2021
If you missed it, here’s the hit:
— Brandon Cain (@brandonmcain) April 28, 2021
Boqvist was, at times, the Blackhawks’ best defensemen this season. He had himself a hell of a 2021 season, dealing with COVID, a concussion, and now ending the year with a broken wrist. He skated in 35 games this season with two goals and 15 points and was averaging 17:13 minutes per game this season.
In what was already a challenging season from outside circumstances, Boqvist’s development after a shaky rookie season was a key focal point for the Blackhawks this season. When healthy, Boqvist looked like he was taking all the right steps in that development. But there’s the problem: when healthy. Here’s to hoping that his recovery will go smoothly this offseason and he will be fully 100% recovered and ready to go when the Blackhawks get back on the ice for training camp in September.