Carson Meyer is a 20-year-old forward from Powell, Ohio coming off his sophomore season at Miami University and a Blue Jackets prospect, drafted in the 6th round by the club last summer.
The Blue Jackets selection of Meyer came on the heels of a standout freshman season at Miami, in which Meyer put up 26 points (10-16) in 32 games. He had produced at nearly a point-per-game clip the year prior for the USHL’s Tri-City Storm, with 32 goals and 51 points in 56 games.
But the production took a nose-dive last season. Meyer posted just 10 points in 34 games. He had a minus-22 rating and 48 penalty minutes.
So what happened? Aaron Portzline of The Athletic laid out the details in a feature on Monday, reporting that Meyer showed symptoms ranging from loss of appetite, weight loss, even depression. Nobody could figure out what was causing it.
Meyer figured it out in February when he passed a 25-inch tapeworm. Not a typo.
Here’s the excerpt from the story:
On Feb. 27, Meyer finally got an answer. Not from a visit to a doctor’s office, but a trip to the bathroom.
“I was going to the bathroom, just like normal,” Meyer said. “And it came out.”
It was a 25-inch tapeworm — the head, the neck and all of the segments, about 50 of them. It was orange. Meyer almost fainted.
“I FaceTimed my mom and was like, ‘What the hell is this thing?’ ” Meyer said. “I was freaking out. Absolutely freaking out.”
Meyer is leaving Miami and is hoping to transfer to Ohio State, which is fresh off a trip to the Frozen Four this past season. Here’s hoping he gets back on track.