Once again, autumn in Penticton has felled another Oilers' prospect. In what has become an annual rite of passage in the Young Stars tournament, an Oilers' prospect, this time Jackson Houck, has suffered what is likely a concussion as reported by Chris Wescott:
#Oilers Jackson Houck out with head injury, will not return.— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) September 8, 2013
Houck was hit from behind by Jets' first round draft pick Josh Morrissey, who was sent off for five minutes for boarding and given a game misconduct. Houck's injury is even more brutal considering he didn't have the puck at the time and the hit was as dirty as they come.
Houck follows in the footsteps of Alex Plante and Colten Teubert, who both suffered concussions in Penticton, which caused setbacks in the careers of both young men.
Houck was named our Kristians Pelss award winner as the longshot most likely to have a career in the NHL, a shot made longer by a head injury suffered in a meaningless tournament.