Niagara IceDogs Set to release Luke Mercer

Posted: January 6, 2015 by OHLInsiders in News, Niagara IceDogs News, Transactions
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NiagaraAccording to the Niagara IceDogs GM/Head Coach Marty Williamson confirmed the team will be releasing overage defender Luke Mercer. Mercer had only appeared in three games for the IceDogs this season before an injury to his ACL & meniscus forced him out of action.

“I tore my ACL and my lateral meniscus” Mercer said. Mercer added that it’s the type of injury that takes time to recover from, “it takes about 6 months to heal so i have about 3 month maybe a little more to go.” Thus the reason his OHL career will be coming to an end with this announcement. Luke is still in Niagara rehabbing and is in no way shape or form bitter about the decision. “Yes I am aware (of the decision). It’s a business and if I were in his (Williamson) shoes, I would do the same thing.”

After what appeared to be a career year in 2013-2014 that saw Mercer, as captain, was turning heads having scoring 39 points consisting of 5 goals and 34 assists in 61 games played, Mercer was looking forward to leading a young team through the ropes in 2014-2015. Those hopes would come to an abrupt end on the night of October 17th in Guelph.

Since then, Mercer’s remained in Niagara looking to provide leadership to his teammates in any way he could. Going to school or playing CIS/GOJHL could be an option for Mercer and though it’s not for a lack of interest on the team’s behalves, Mercer says playing hockey is not in his plans for the rest of the year. “”No i wouldn’t do that too risky for my knee i’m just going to keep doing my rehab. I’ve had a lot of schools talk to me but I’m going to try and still go pro.”

His next pro chance will have to come VIA a tryout contract likely for an AHL or ECHL team or maybe even oversees, but there’s still a long road with lots of variables before Mercer will be able to find his next home.

After being selected in the 1st round (8th overall) back in 2010, Mercer played a total of 232 career OHL games and managed to total 88 points consisting of 12 goals and 76 assists, with 165 penalty minutes while going +27 in parts of five seasons with the IceDogs.

You can follow Luke in his career on Twitter here: @mercdaddy6
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