MEDICINE HAT, AB — It could be a while before Tigers fans see goaltender Jordan Hollett wearing orange and black.
Head coach and GM Shaun Clouston says the 18-year-old goaltender, acquired from the Regina Pats back in May, spent several days in hospital after being diagnosed with mono earlier this month.
"He was really struggling for a few days, spent three or four days in the hospital," said Clouston, noting the young netminder is feeling much better now, but is recovering at home in Langley, B.C. until he's fit to join the team. "His parent came up and spent some time with him."
Mono, or mononucleosis, is a virus which can cause fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and can linger in ones system for months before it goes away on its own.
Clouston says Hollett lost upwards of 20 lbs. during his stay in the hospital.
"It's going to take a while for him to get back and get healthy enough to compete at this level," he added.
Hollett has missed the past several weeks of training camp, practices, and exhibition games. He was expected to take part in the Ottawa Senators rookie camp this week after being selected in the 6th round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
It also creates some uncertainty into how the Tigers netminder situation looks come the regular season.
Duncan McGovern and Kaeden Lane will rotate out in Saturday's preseason contest in Moose Jaw. There is no word on how long it will take Hollett to fully recover, while Michael Bullion remains on the team's roster as one of five overage players.
"There're lots of moving pieces right now," Clouston said. "There are overage implications, and now we've got a guy that's not healthy. We'll have to get a read on how long Jordan is out and just evaluate the play of the players.
"For right now, Duncan and Kaeden get an opportunity to play."
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