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USHL game suspended after Dylan Chanter suffers scary injury in fight (Update)

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As the fighting vs. player safety debate rages in the NHL, a United States Hockey League game was postponed after a junior hockey player allegedly suffered a seizure during a fight.

According to the Dubuque Fighting Saints, defenseman Dylan Chanter had a fight with forward Corey Petrash of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders during the second period. Chanter’s helmet came off during the fight. At the end of the bout, Chanter fell to the ice and Petrash, who got the last punch in, fell on top of him. Chanter hit his head on the ice.

According to SB Nation’s Chris Dilks, Chanter suffered a seizure on the ice after hitting his head. Zack Fisch, director of media relations for the Saints, couldn’t confirm that but said Chanter “had some movement” after hitting his head.

Chanter was attended to by trainers and was stretchered off the ice. The USHL, working with the teams, decided to postpone the rest of the game.

From the Saints of the USHL, their official release:

The United States Hockey League has suspended Saturday night's Dubuque Fighting Saints and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders game following an injury to Dubuque defenseman Dylan Chanter. The RoughRiders held a 2-0 lead over the Fighting Saints when the injury occurred midway through the second period at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

Chanter was injured when he fell to the ice following a fight. He was attended to by trainers and medical staff on site, and was transported to a local hospital shortly following. Chanter was conscious following the injury and when he was removed from the arena.

The Fighting Saints will provide an update on Chanter when one becomes available. Additional information about the resumption of Saturday night's game will come at a later date.

From the USHL:

The United States Hockey League announced that the game between the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday, October 12th has been suspended. Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman Dylan Chanter was injured after falling to the ice at the 11:58 mark of the second period during the game, played at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He was immediately attended to at the arena by medical personnel before being transported to a local hospital for further care. While all parties are awaiting further information, Chanter was conscious as he was transported from the arena.

The Office of the Commissioner and general management of both the Fighting Saints and the RoughRiders concurred that it was in the best interest of the players not to continue the contest.

Further details as to the player’s condition, as well as a rescheduling of the game, will be issued by the Commissioner's Office as soon as they are available.

Fisch said that Chanter was in “good condition” at St. Luke’s hospital in Cedar Rapids, and that the team would update his condition later in the evening.

UPDATE: Chanter tweeted the following:

UPDATE 2: Originally, we had video of the incident here, but it's been removed from YouTube.

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