There are times Jason Jaffrayís hand finds itself to the scar in his throat, to the place where, in a mid-April operation, a surgeon worked to fuse damaged discs in his neck.

ďNothing I worry about. Just a reminder of everything Iíve gone through to get to this point,Ē said the St. Johnís IceCapsí centre, set to play his first game of the 2012-13 American Hockey League season tonight at Mile One Centre against the Portland Pirates.

It will actually be Jaffrayís first game since late March, when, in a road game against the Admirals in Norfolk, a crunching hit from rugged defenceman Radko Gudas led to the injuries that necessitated the spinal fusion the following month.

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