Nagy gives Generals a boost in return

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Regan Nagy made the most of his return to the lineup.

Regan Nagy

The forward with the Moose Jaw Generals has not played since Dec. 5, but joined his teammates for the last two regular season games this weekend.

On Saturday, he was held off the score sheet but scored and added two assists on Sunday afternoon.

“I feel good. I knew I was ready coming back in the game, it was just being in game shape was all that I was worried about, but I feel pretty good going into the playoffs,” said Nagy. “I feel a lot more comfortable after today. It feels good to get in a couple of games before playoffs. Just the real game instead of just practice really helped.”

Nagy started the season with the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League, but was reassigned to the Generals in November.

He returned with a lingering back injury that forced him to miss a lot of time.

In January, he had a MRI, with results that came back with a disc issue. His doctors determine that surgery was not an option due to his age and that the course of action would be rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

“My back has been great the last couple of weeks,” said Nagy. “I haven’t had any setbacks, so it is feeling good.”

He did practice with the team, without contact early and lately with contact to get back in game shape.

Having Nagy back in the lineup provides an extra punch on offence for the Generals and head coach Ray Wareham was happy to have the 16-year-old veteran back in the lineup.

“I thought on Saturday he was a little rusty and a little too excited and tried to do too much at times. I thought he was way better Sunday — a little more relaxed and not as excited, didn’t try to do too much and was more effective,” said Wareham. “Just his presence in the dressing room and he gives us a little bit more on the back end on the power play. He is a big, strong body that can skate well and can shoot the puck. We are happy to have him back and happy this weekend went well.”

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Organizations: Western Hockey League

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