Canucks' Jack Rathbone taken off on stretcher after hit in AHL game

Vancouver Canucks' Jack Rathbone looks on during a stoppage in play during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

Vancouver Canucks defence prospect Jack Rathbone was taken off on a stretcher after a hit during an AHL game between the Abbotsford Canucks and Bakersfield Condors Wednesday.

The hit occurred mid-way through the third period of the game. As Rathbone went to retrieve the puck behind the Canucks net, he was hit into the boards by the Condors' Colton Sceviour.

According to Canucks reporter David Quadrelli on Twitter, Rathbone laid motionless on the ice while medical staff from both teams attended to him. Quadrelli adds that after 13 minutes Rathbone was removed from the ice on a stretcher, with his entire team emptying from the bench onto the ice to wish him well.

Canucks reporter Cody Severtson shared video of the incident on his Twitter account here. (Warning: Viewer discretion is advised.)

Rathbone has been on fire lately and was named AHL player of the week just two days ago. He entered play Thursday with three goals and 10 points in his last four games and had two more assists against the Condors before his injury.

The 22-year-old has appeared in nine games with the NHL Canucks this season and has 23 points in 20 AHL games this year.

When submitting content, please abide by our  submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.
We use cookies to improve your experience. Learn More or change your cookie preferences. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the use of cookies.