With the Johnstown Tomahawks’ 2018-19 season approaching, defenseman Carter Dwyer looks to regain lost ice time following an injury he received last season.
The West Chester native sustained a concussion during the January 20, 2018 game against the Philadelphia Rebels that left him unable to skate, let alone play.
“I actually went to rehab for my concussion for a little bit until I was able to skate again,” said Dwyer. “Since then I’ve been skating as much as I can (and) working out four times a week with a trainer.”
Dwyer’s anticipated comeback has not been easy as he dealt with the side effects of his concussion.
“Earlier in the season, when I would go back on the ice I could tell my head was a little off or throbbing when I would try [to] push myself,” said Dwyer.
Through offseason preparation and training, Dwyer was able to get himself “feeling 100%” and is eagerly awaiting to get back out onto the ice.
Dwyer managed one goal and six assists before his 2017-18 hockey season concluded and is now spending his time training to be back on the level he was before his injury.
“I think mostly I’m just trying to get back to the game I was playing before I got injured,” said Dwyer. “I’m trying to get back to that physical game, get my speed back and just get ready for the season.”
As Dwyer looks to the start of his second season as a Tomahawk, he recollects his time spent here in Johnstown and the fanbase that surrounds him.
“It is the best place to play junior hockey; the fans are awesome,” said Dwyer. “Everyone is supporting you and (they) show up every game. We average 2,500 fans. It really is the best place to play.”