Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor Daley left the team's game against the Winnipeg Jets after suffering a potentially significant injury Sunday night. Daley collided with the Jets' Chris Thorburn in the defensive zone midway through the second period and needed help to be carried off the ice and into the locker room.
The team has announced that Daley will not return to the game.
Daley was skating in transition when he tripped and appeared to lower his shoulders just before the collision with Thorburn, which may have put his head into the path of the Jets forward.
The Daley hit...very clearly an accident. hope Daley is okay. pic.twitter.com/cENzYHEKDG— Stephanie (@myregularface) December 6, 2015
The nature of the injury is unclear at this point. A stretcher was initially brought out for Daley but he declined to use it and headed to the locker room with assistance from trainers.
Anytime a player cannot skate off the ice under his own power isn't a great sign. It's especially worrisome in this case because of the possibility that Daley took a hit to the head, which means he'll likely need to undergo post-concussion protocol with doctors in order to return regardless of how he feels. Here's to hoping the injury isn't as bad as it looked on the ice.