by Joe Tasca on 02/17/13 at 08:00 PM ET
A game between the Adirondack Phantoms and Springfield Falcons was abruptly postponed Sunday after a Springfield forward collapsed to the ice and suffered a seizure.
Officials from both teams and the referees made the decision after Springfield’s Wade MacLeod was removed from the MassMutual Center ice on a stretcher with 3:42 left in the second period.
“I think it was the right decision,” Phantoms coach Terry Murray said in a telephone interview.
The incident occurred shortly after MacLeod was boarded from behind by Phantoms defenseman Brandon Manning, which sent MacLeod’s head jarring into the glass, though the forward did not immediately fall to the ice.
I was at the game, and in Manning's defense, the hit was not particularly vicious (video after the jump). In fact, it was more of a bump than anything. MacLeod's head happened to strike the glass awkwardly following the contact. It's the kind of play seen many times during the course of a hockey game. Unfortunately, the result in this particular instance was harrowing.
Here's hoping Wade MacLeod makes a full recovery.
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Tasca's Take is written by Joe Tasca. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe works as a broadcaster for seven radio stations in southern New England. Whether that's a testament to his on-air ability or because he has a desparate need for money is debatable.
Joe spends his summers playing golf, enjoying the beauty of Misquamicut Beach, and wining and dining girls who are easily awed by the mere presence of a radio personality. During the winter months, he can usually be found taking in a hockey game somewhere in North America. In the spring, he spends much of his time in botanical gardens tiptoeing through the tulips, while autumn is a time to frolic with his golden retrievers through piles of his neighbors’ leaves.