Springfield Falcons player prompted the suspension
of a game between the Adirondack Phantoms and
Springfield Falcons with 3:42 remaining in the
second period on Sunday afternoon. Wade MacLeod
collapsed on his way back to the Springfield Falcons
bench and went into convulsions on the ice in
a scary incident that involved the training staffs
of both teams as well as the very quick actions
and responses of the emergency medical personnel
Springfield Falcons public relations reported
that MacLeod's condition was stabilized and that
he was alert as he was stretchered off the ice
and taken to an awaiting ambulance and then transported
to Baystate Medical Center. MacLeod is a second-year
pro from Northeastern University who hails from
Coquitlam, British Columbia.
The thoughts and prayers of the Phantoms are with
Wade MacLeod for his well-being and for a full
and quick recovery.
Adirondack led 2-1 at the time of the suspension
on goals by Rob Bordson and Danny Syvret. It is
unknown when the game will be completed. Both
teams will find a mutually agreeable date within
their schedules to resume the contest.
Brandon Manning was assessed a two-minute minor
penalty for boarding on the hit in which MacLeod's
head jarred against the glass. MacLeod at first
appeared to be okay as he skated back to the bench.
But about 20 seconds later, MacLeod collapsed
just outside the Springfield bench and had a seizure.
Both teams agreed to take the intermission early
after MacLeod was stretchered to an ambulance
which followed a 12-minute medical delay. The
initial plan was to resume play with 3:42 remaining
in the second period after taking the break. But
later it was decided mutually by the officials
as well as the coaching staffs of both teams to
not resume the game at all due to the emotional
state of the players who were understandably shaken
by the incident. The conclusion of the game was
postponed it to a later date.
It was an emotional situation for everyone at
the arena as they watched the medical staff working
to stabilize MacLeod. Several of the players went
to one knee as they stood by in the hushed silence
of the MassMutual Center.
Brandon Manning offered his condolences via hia
"would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod
and his family. never had any intention of ever
hurting another player..hope for a speedy recovery
and see him back on the ice soon. thoughts and
prayers to him and his family"
And several other Phantoms players shared similar
thoughts on twitter as well.
Later in the evening, the Springfield Falcons
issued a release on behalf of the family of Wade
Wade MacLeod's family issued the following statement
on Sunday night:
"We would like to thank everyone for the
overwhelming show of support for Wade tonight.
Wade is alert, in good condition, in positive
spirits, and is resting comfortably at Baystate
Medical Center. He will remain at the hospital
while he undergoes tests. We are deeply appreciative
of all the caring and kind words we have received
from family, friends, and fans."
Wade MacLeod himself took to twitter at the end
of the evening:
"Feeling very blessed with all the love
and support I've received. I am feeling a lot
better. Thank you everyone!"
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