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.
Game has been delayed as Jack Rathbone receives medical attention after a collision in the defensive zone. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Rathbone and Canucks organization.
— Bakersfield Condors (@Condors) February 17, 2022
— Abbotsford Canucks (@abbycanucks) February 17, 2022
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.