Scary scene from the American Hockey League on Sunday: Wade MacLeod, 26, of the Springfield Falcons, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ affiliate, had a seizure and collapsed after being boarded by Brandon Manning of the Adirondack Phantoms.
The game was suspended with 3:42 remaining in second period following the injury.
Manning hit MacLeod, a Northeastern alumnus, into the glass in the Falcons’ defensive end. Nearly half a minute passed before MacLeod skated to the benches and collapsed onto the ice, suffering convulsions. He was stretchered off the ice by arena medical staff and placed into an ambulance.
The Falcons released a statement after the game:
Springfield Falcons forward Wade MacLeod was stable and alert after suffering a seizure following a hit into the glass during the second period of Sunday afternoon's game against the Adirondack Phantoms.
MacLeod was brought by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Players and coaching staffs on each team unanimously agreed to postpone the game.
Information on MacLeod's status and a rescheduled game date will be announced when available on FalconsAHL.com.
The AHL told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday that there hasn’t been an AHL game that suspended play for at least the last decade. (UPDATE: Michael Cignoli found a 2009 game stopped after 20 minutes for bad ice.)
Manning was given a 2-minute boarding minor for the hit. He took to Twitter to apologize to MacLeod on Sunday.
The Falcons said there’s been no word on when the game would be rescheduled. Since both teams agreed to suspend play, the Falcons won’t be assessed a forfeiture, despite the fact they trailed the Phantoms at the time of the incident.
We’ll update on MacLeod’s condition.
UPDATE: Here's the injury (s/t Kevin Vahey):
Via Drew Tomlinson, here's some video of the incident (42 second mark):
And here's video of the hit: