Sometimes, Eric Giosa flexes his left arm and he feels like a superhero.
Not that he’s going to be confused with one – he is 5-foot-11, 182 pounds – but he’s the odd hockey player to have had Tommy John surgery on his elbow.
It’s like Iron Man. I feel like a robot. I definitely think that arm is stronger than my right arm, Giosa said of the Tommy John surgery he had in 2007.
That procedure, common among baseball pitchers, is actually a reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow.
The repair is done by taking a tendon from elsewhere in the body, and many athletes have come back stronger than before the injury.
They aren’t normally hockey players, though, and Giosa injured his elbow while playing for Sacred Heart University.
His arm got pinched in the boards, as he was sandwiched by two players.
But I played out the season with it, Giosa said. They taped it and I was able to play through it.
Giosa wasn’t so lucky this season, when he suffered an ankle injury after scoring three goals in his first four games with the Komets.
I initially thought I tweaked it and thought it would be a few days, Giosa said. Then it turned into three weeks, then six weeks. Then it was (injured reserve).
It was a nightmare. I tried to stay in the best shape I could, but with an injury like that, the best thing I could do was stay off of it.
Giosa had a stress fracture and, worse, a high-ankle sprain. He missed 21 games between Oct. 21 and Dec. 18.
When they said 10 to 12 weeks,’ I thought they were crazy. I really did, Giosa said. But it did (take that long), and it sure was frustrating. But it sure is good to be back and I hope I can contribute.
Giosa was one of the Komets’ biggest offseason signings, after he tallied 29 goals and 70 points in 64 games last season with Quad City. He played alongside Brandon Marino, who won the CHL’s MVP award and also signed with the Komets last summer.
The Komets, who were 16-13-2 heading into Monday night’s game against Toledo, were 11-9-1 with Giosa sidelined.
It was a trying time for sure, Giosa said of watching the Komets struggle from the stands.
Since his return, Giosa had three goals and seven points in six games before Monday.
NOTES: The Anaheim Ducks reassigned forward Josh Brittain from the Komets to the AHL Norfolk Admirals and returned goaltender Marco Cousineau to Fort Wayne. Brittain had a team-leading 13 goals in 31 games with the Komets. The Komets signed Brayden Metz, who was with them in training camp and had been playing for Dayton of the Federal Hockey League.