Philadelphia Flyers forward Bobby Brink has suffered a hip injury during offseason training, as first reported by Crossing Broad’s Anthony SanFilippo.
The Injury bug bites the @NHLFlyers again. Young RW Bobby Brink suffered a hip injury during off-season workouts that may require surgery. According to a team source no final determination on treatment has been made. The injury sounds sever enough that it will go into the season.
— Anthony SanFilippo (@AntSanPhilly) July 10, 2022
Olivia Reiner of The Philadelphia Inquirer also reported that the Flyers will have a better understanding of Brink’s injury by the end of the week and will be seeing a specialist as well.
Brink was scheduled to participate in 2022 Development Camp this week, but now that’s out of the question, and SanFilippo reported that the injury sounds severe enough that it could linger into the beginning of the 2022-23 season.
A second-round pick by Philadelphia at the 2019 NHL Draft, Brink made his NHL debut last year on April 12th against the Washington Capitals and recorded an assist in the game. Brink would appear in 10 total games for the Flyers and rack up four assists despite not scoring any goals.
Before joining the Flyers, Brink enjoyed an illustrious three-year college career with the University of Denver Pioneers. The 5’8″, 166 pound winger scored 27 goals and 65 assists for 92 points in just 84 games with Denver, and also served as an alternate captain in his final season. He helped lead the Pioneers to the 2022 NCAA Frozen Four, where Denver would capture their ninth men’s ice hockey championship and first since 2017 with a 5-1 win over Minnesota State. Brink assisted on Carter Savoie’s overtime winner against Michigan in the semifinals to send Denver to the title game.
Brink was expected to be a key factor in Philadelphia’s forward group this season after a short yet impressive close to the 2021-22 season. He possesses a high hockey IQ and is a fantastic playmaker, and he is a player that carries speed and likes to shoot the puck, evidenced by him firing 18 shots on goal on 31 shot attempts in his first 10 NHL games last season.
Hopefully Brink can return and be the player that the Flyers need him to be, as Philadelphia aims to try and not have a repeat of last season’s misfortunes and failures.