Editor’s note: This story has been updated for digital upon Walsh’s traded from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines.
T.J. Walsh deserves a break or two from the hockey gods. The past three years have been cruel with injuries derailing prime developmental seasons.
Instead of dwelling on the lack of good fortune, the Shrewsbury, Mass., native is plugging on and going back for a third season in the United States Hockey League with the Des Moines Buccaneers.
Once considered one of the top 2000-born players in the United States, Walsh has suffered a series of injuries, including one this season that kept him out until January. However, he finished the 2017-18 season healthy and ready to continue his bounce-back.