Connor McDavid reveals why he kept the details about his injury quiet

Josh Vold   ·   25 janvier 2020
The documentary 'Connor McDavid: Whatever It Takes' took the league by storm this past week, for those not familiar, it documents McDavid's recovery process from the knee injury that he suffered last April against the Calgary Flames.

It was originally reported that he only suffered a small PCL tear, and that's what we believed up until the trailer for the documentary was released earlier this week. That's where we learned that he had completely torn his PCL in half and also suffered a torn meniscus on both sides of his knee, a cracked tibia, and a popliteus muscle that was torn off the bone. We also learned that he opted against surgery, which could have had a major impact on the way his knee functioned, and decided that he wanted to let the injuries heal naturally through rigorous training exercises.

After we learned the details, we were left wondering why McDavid and his camp kept the details of his injury so quiet, and thanks to Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston we now have the answer.

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"I think the main focus was just getting healthy," McDavid said according to Johnston. "I didn't need any pressure (from the) media, I didn't need any more questions."

McDavid received opinions from many medical experts before deciding that rehabbing the injury naturally would be his best bet at being 100% ready for opening night. With the help of Dr. Mark Lindsay, Gary Roberts, and a team of physiotherapists and coaches, McDavid was ready for opening night.

"There was already lots of questions going on, so it was actually really nice just to be able to focus on myself and not have to answer questions and (deal with) the pressures of all the media and all the fans and stuff like that," McDavid said.

"I'm a 22-year-old kid at the time and you never want miss a season and you never want go through a surgery that - I'm not going to call risky or anything like that, but there's lots of questions," McDavid said. "It's not like it's an ACL where doctors can do that almost in their sleep. It's a PCL, and that's a surgery that only a few people can do and it's not been real mastered."

It's certainly incredible that McDavid has come back from a major knee injury like that and is still the best player in the league this season. He leads the league in scoring with 76 points, and not only is he the favorite to win the Art Ross Trophy, but he's likely going to win the Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, and Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

McDavid is at the fourth All-Star Game of his career, he competed in the fastest skater competition on Friday night looking to win it for the fourth straight year, but despite posting his fastest time yet, he was beaten by Mathew Barzal. He looks to captain the Pacific Division to another All-Star tournament championship on Saturday evening.

"I feel real good. I don't think I'd be sitting here at the All-Star Game if I wasn't," McDavid said. "I feel good on the ice and I'm happy with how I've been playing."