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Injury takes N.W.T. speedskater out for season

N.W.T. speedskater Michael Gilday is out of the competition for the rest of the season, due to an injured shoulder.

Michael Gilday fractured his shoulder during practice in Moscow

Northwest Territories speedskater Michael Gilday is out of competition for the rest of the season, after he injured himself Monday during a practice in Moscow.

Michael Gilday of Yellowknife leads his 1,000-metre heat at the ISU Korean Air World Cup short track speedskating event Oct. 28, 2011, in Saguenay, Que. Gilday will be out of the running for the World Championships this year due to an injured shoulder. (The Canadian Press)

His father, David Gilday, said Michael hit the wrong spot at the wrong time on the ice, fell, and injured his shoulder.

"I don't know the medical specifics, but probably for five to six weeks he's going to be incapacitated," the elder Gilday said.

"It's just the ball and socket is fractured. It's not a major break, just fractured and very painful, but it takes him out for the season and he misses, unfortunately, the World Championship. They've already plugged new guys into that position."

Michael Gilday was probably skating at 40 to 45 kilometres an hour at the time of the accident, according to his father.

Gilday will fly back to Canada on Monday from Russia. He plans to recover at a training centre in Montreal and hopes to be ready in time to compete again next season.

Gilday did have a promising start to this season, winning bronze at a World Cup event in Japan and silver at an event in Quebec this past fall.