From the Stands: Schnarr excited to carry heavy load for Guelph Storm

By Paul Osborne, Guelph Mercury

While last season was a breakthrough year for Nate Schnarr of the Guelph Storm, it was also a year filled with pain and frustration at times.

Things were going along beautifully until a game in London in mid-November.  Schnarr lost his balance and went flying into the boards injuring his shoulder.  It was a wound that would plague him the rest of the season.

“It was a torn labrum,” said Schnarr, which is a fairly common injury among athletes.  “I just went into the boards really awkwardly and my hand was above my head.”

The injury, which didn’t feel too severe immediately after it happened, forced him to sit out for over a month-and-a-half and miss 13 games.

There was talk of surgery but he decided to play through the injury.

“The team handled it amazing,” he said.  “(There were discussions between) the GM, the trainer, my agent and my family what would be better in the long run but helping the guys win was my main goal and I wanted to showcase what I had (to NHL teams for the draft) as well.  When I was out (those seven weeks) it was painful watching the team play, so I didn’t want to miss any more time.”

He says it is hard to know exactly how much the injury affected his play, but to his credit he missed just one more game the rest of the season.

“I wasn’t playing at full strength that’s for sure but I think I made the right decision playing through it to try and help the guys win and that’s the only thing that really mattered.  I don’t think it got worse during the season.”

Right after the season he had surgery to repair his labrum and then the rehabilitation process began.

“I spent four or five hours a day this summer in the gym,” said the third round pick of the Arizona Coyotes.

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