Little Current’s Michael Laidley returns to play after season out for injury

St. Lawrence University assistant captain, Little Current’s Michael Laidley, plays in a game against Harvard earlier this year.

CANTON, NY—Little Current’s Michael Laidley has returned to the ice after taking 2017 off due to an injury early in the 2016-2017 season.

“I got back on the ice three weeks ago against RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute),” said Michael, who is a junior forward and assistant captain for the St. Lawrence University Saints. “Last season I only played six games before I got injured during practice (he caught an edge and hyper extended his knee, tearing his ACL).”

Michael was given a medical ‘redshirt’ from hockey for the last year, since he had played less than 10 games of the season before the Christmas break. The redshirt allowed him to continue to attend classes at the college and be part of the team, but not play. It also allowed Michael, who is on a scholarship, an additional year of eligibility (enabling him to play a fifth year of hockey for the team).

“It was awesome returning to play,” said Michael. “I was pretty nervous my first game back, but it was great.”

The son of Shane and Beryl Laidley of Little Current, Michael got his start playing locally for the Manitoulin Panthers before moving on to the Sudbury Wolves bantam AAA, minor midget AA Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves and finally on to the Ontario Hockey League Aurora Tigers before committing to St. Lawrence in September 2013, agreeing to attend the university in small-town Canton on a full scholarship.

“My knee is good,” Michael told The Expositor. “I need to start trusting it more—it’s probably stronger than my other after knee after surgery and rehab.”

St. Lawrence won 1-0 against the Yale Bulldogs last weekend (Saturday, January 27). Up next, St. Lawrence will play Princeton University on Friday, February 2 at 7 pm at Princeton.