Mike Lum-Walker will miss the season after hurting knee at first Toronto Rock practice

Mike Lum-Walker, left, won't be staring anyone down on a lacrosse floor for a while. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)
Mike Lum-Walker, left, won't be staring anyone down on a lacrosse floor for a while. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)

Toronto Rock second-round draft pick (20th overall) Mike Lum-Walker has injured his knee and will have to miss the entire 2013 National Lacrosse League season. Lum-Walker was at the Rock’s practice facility in Oakville early Saturday morning for his physical then returned in the afternoon for Toronto’s practice at 2 pm, excited to get a start on his NLL career. But he wasn’t on the floor for too long before his knee buckled. He talked with a doctor on site then last night posted as his status on Facebook: “Thanks to everyone who supported me through the process before camp. Had a tough bounce and won’t be able to play this season. Will spend the next 9 months getting healthy. Motivated for The Return.”

As is suggested by his status update, Lum-Walker took the injury in stride and didn’t let it dampen his spirits. He spent much of the rest of the Rock’s practice sitting on the first row of bleachers at the south end of the rink, crutches on his lap and chatting with a number of the kids who were there to take in the practice.

Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at stamplax@hotmail.com.

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