Canucks defenseman smashes face in freak accident

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler had to be carted off the ice on Monday night after a freak injury in Philadelphia.

Edler’s stick got caught in the skate of Flyers forward Jakub Voracek during the third period, causing the defenseman to spin around, lose his balance and smash his face onto the ice.

Edler, who appeared to lose consciousness, slid to the side of the net, and a Flyers player and several Canucks immediately began calling for medical help. The Canucks trainer and the Flyers trainer and team doctor came out to assist. They called for a stretcher.

Eventually, Edler was able to get up on his knees and into the stretcher. He was sitting up as he left, holding a towel to his nose.

His jersey and the area where he came to rest were covered with blood.

“You don’t want to see anyone go down like that, especially your best defenseman and you know it’s scary when you see a guy get knocked unconscious like that and see all the blood after,” Canucks center Bo Horvat told reporters.

Voracek, who had scored earlier in the game, gave Edler a pat as he went off the ice.

“You don’t want it to happen, but unfortunately it happens sometimes,” Voracek told reporters. “We were just driving the net and I felt his stick on my skate, and I didn’t see him fall, but it was not a good look after. Hopefully he’s all right.”

There appeared to be some positive early news for Edler as Sportsnet reported that he was seen walking out the trainer’s room after the game.

Edler was taken for X-rays on his face after the game, and coach Travis Green said Tuesday that the defenseman would miss at least a week with a concussion. There were no broken bones, but plenty of stitches.

The Flyers held on to win the game 2-1 and extend their winning streak to eight games.


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