I won’t rehash the story, but needless to say, the sight of Marian Hossa being carted off on a stretcher last year was a gut-wrenching experience for me as both a Chicago Blackhawks fan, and a hockey fan in general. No one wants to see something like that happen. It affects not only the fans but the teams as well.
It happened again Sunday night during an AHL game between the Springfield Falcons and Adirondack Phantoms. During the second period, Wade MacLeod, a Falcons player on an AHL/ECHL contract, was hit into the boards by the Phantoms’ Brandon Manning. Seconds later, as he headed to the Falcons’ bench, MacLeod collapsed and began having a seizure. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher, and the game was suspended with both teams’ approval. According to the AHL, it’s the first time in over a decade that a game was suspended.
The Falcons later released a statement on MacLeod’s condition:
Springfield Falcons forward Wade MacLeod was stable and alert after suffering a seizure following a hit into the glass during the second period of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Adirondack Phantoms.
MacLeod was brought by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Players and coaching staffs on each team unanimously agreed to postpone the game.
Information on MacLeod’s status and a rescheduled game date will be announced when available.
Manning later apologized for the hit on Twitter, and Ryan Johansen and Cam Atkinson, MacLeod’s Springfield teammates, tweeted their hopes for his recovery. Late in the evening, MacLeod himself tweeted to his followers.
@wademacleod Feeling very blessed with all the love and support I’ve received. I am feeling a lot better. Thank you everyone!
In a statement, MacLeod’s family expressed their appreciation for well wishes from friends, teammates and fans. They also stated that MacLeod would stay in the hospital to undergo further tests.