Anaheim Ducks defenseman Urho Wakanainen stretched from ice after hitting board

Update: The Anaheim Ducks tweeted Friday night that Wakanainen was taken to UCI Medical Center for evaluation. Team Duck added that he was fully mobile on all fours and was fully conscious and alert.

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Urho Wakanainen was carried off the ice on a stretcher Friday night after hitting a board hard in San Jose.

The incident happened at 9:46 in the first quarter. Wakanainen passed the ball deep into the San Jose penalty area to teammate Derek Grant, who scored, but the guard was tied by a Sharks player and slammed hard on the backboard.

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According to multiple reports from San Jose, Vakanainen was carried off the rink on a stretcher. When he left the ice, the entire Ducks came off the bench to check on him, track and field team Eric Stephens report.

This marks the second horrific incident for the Ducks in as many days. During Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, star forward Trevor Zegrass was injured in a collision with potential player Jan Janick on the ice at power center.

Vaakanainen, 23, was acquired by the Ducks, along with other players, just days before the NHL trade deadline last year, a deal that saw them send defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Boston Bruins. Last season he played 14 games last season and contributed 2 assists.

At the time of writing, there was no updated information on Vaakanainen’s condition.

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Zach Laing is Director of News and Senior Columnist for The Nation Network.He can follow on Twitter @zjlaingor by email [email protected]




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