ANAHEIM, Calif. – Ryan Getzlaf is still planning to join Team Canada.
An MRI on his sprained left ankle Tuesday showed no significant ligament damage, leaving the Anaheim Ducks centre hopeful that he can still compete in the Olympics.
Getzlaf left Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings and is currently listed as day-to-day.
“My ankle feels much better today and I’m relieved the test showed no significant damage,” Getzlaf said in a statement. “My goal is to return to the ice this week for the Ducks, and I look forward to joining Team Canada for the Olympics”.
Getzlaf suffered the injury on Monday night when he got tangled up with Kings forward Dustin Brown – a U.S. Olympian – during the second period and fell awkwardly.
The 24-year-old spoke with Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman prior to undergoing the MRI on Tuesday.
Getzlaf was one of 23 players named to Canada’s preliminary roster for the Vancouver Games in December. However, that lineup won’t be finalized until next Monday, the eve of the Olympic tournament.
Canada opens the event against Norway on Tuesday at Canada Hockey Place.
Getzlaf has 57 points in 55 games for the Ducks this season, earning his Olympic selection alongside Canadian teammates Scott Niedermayer and Corey Perry.