Hershey Bears forward Kale Kessy was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a fight with Charlotte Checkers defenceman Derek Sheppard on Tuesday.
According to a statement from the Bears, Kessy lost but regained consciousness on the ice and was “alert and in stable condition” before he was transported to a local medical facility.
The Bears’ statement added that Kessy told his teammates to “go win the game,” before he left the ice. The Bears were leading 4-1 in the second period at the time of the incident.
Both teams went to their dressing rooms in the aftermath of the incident but the game did resume approximately 45 minutes later.
Kessy, 27, has been a regular in the AHL since the 2013-14 season and is in his first campaign with the Bears. He has no points and 83 penalty minutes in 23 games this season.