Jets' Little in hospital after taking puck to head

Ottawa (AFP) - Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little remained in hospital on Wednesday, a day after he was hit in the head by a puck in his team's 2-1 NHL loss to the New Jersey Devils.

The Jets said in a statement on Wednesday that Little had received 25-30 stitches for a laceration after being struck near his left ear on Tuesday night and was then transferred to a hospital neurological unit for further observation.

"Little was alert at all times and is in good spirits this morning," the team said. "Further updates will be provided when available."

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Little, 31, of Canada, had missed the first nine games of the NHL season with a concussion. He has two goals and three assists in seven games.

was skating behind the net in the third period when teammate Nikolaj Ehlers ripped a slapshot that hit Little on the left side of his head.

He fell to the ice, holding his head in his hands, before he was helped to skate off.

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