The good news for Brian McGrattan is that he says he’s feeling fine, one day after he suffered a brutal knockout during a fight in the AHL.
Fighting Daniel Maggio of the San Antonio Rampage, McGrattan took a right hand to the chin and fell face-first to the ice. His San Diego Gulls teammates immediately called for help and the 34-year-old was stretchered off the ice.
After the game, the Gulls announced he was alert, conscious and moving.
McGrattan was told by Gulls head coach Dallas Eakins to head back to San Diego and not join the team as they continue their road trip to Texas this weekend.
Speaking to Leafs Lunch on TSN 1050 on Wednesday, McGrattan said he’ll check in with the training staff daily and be reassessed when the team returns home next week. Following the fight, he was given a baseline concussion test and walked to an ambulance before receiving a CT scan at a local hospital. Everything came back fine, he said, adding he remembers everything that happened.
Thanks for all the msgs. Everything is fine i am not dead and will be back shortly!! Been around a long time and know the risks!!
— brian mcgrattan (@bigern10) January 20, 2016
Happy to hear Big Ern is doing well. Scary incident. Much respect @bigern10
— Daniel Maggio (@d_magg55) January 20, 2016
McGrattan, who’s spent this season in the AHL after being signed by the Anaheim Ducks over the summer, says he believes fighting isn’t a deterrent so much anymore in the NHL; but in the minors the role of the enforcer works due to the number of young players on rosters who need the protection.
Despite the frightening nature of the knockout and there always being the possibility that any fight could potentially cause serious damage, McGrattan said that what happened Tuesday night will not change a thing for him.
“It was a good shot. We were going pretty good there. There’s a couple spots on your chin, you get pegged there, you’re going down. It’s the way it is,” he said. “I’ve been doing it a long time. I’ve been a very, very good fighter for a long time. I haven’t lost a whole lot, and I’ve never really been vocal about that. I’ve been very humble about it because I know losses do come and sometimes they come like that.
“But when I lose like that, that doesn’t change anything for me. That’s not going to change the way I approach going to the rink, change how I’m going to play. It’s not going to change anything. I’m always ready for something like that to happen. That’s why maybe I’ve won so much … You’re going to lose. You’re going to lose bad some times.”
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