February 18, 2013
AHL player, Wade MacLeod, suffers on-ice seizure after big hit
Wade MacLeod said to be in stable condition
By QMI Agency

Wade MacLeod is carried off the ice after suffering a seizure during the second period of his AHL game Sunday night.

Springfield Falcons left winger Wade MacLeod, 26, a Columbus Blue Jackets minor leaguer, suffered a seizure on the ice after being hit into the glass Sunday night.

Adirondack Phantoms defenceman Brandon Manning applied the hit to MacLeod in the second period.

Close to 30 seconds after the hit, MacLeod attempted to leave the ice, but fell in front of his team's bench where trainers began providing care.

The game was suspended with a little under four minutes remaining in the second period.

The Falcons released a statement saying that MacLeod was "stable and alert" after he was brought by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

Players and coaching staffs from each team unanimously agreed to postpone the game.

MacLeod's family later issued the following statement:

"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."

MacLeod tweeted around midnight Monday:

"Feeling very blessed with all the love and support I’ve received. I am feeling a lot better. Thank you everyone!”

Manning, who received a boarding penalty on the play, later took to Twitter to voice his concern for his competitor.

"Would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod and his family," Manning wrote. "Never had an intention of ever hurting another player.

"Hope for a speedy recovery and see him back on the ice soon. Thoughts and praryers to him and his family."

MacLeod, of Coquitlan, B.C., has 15 goals and 29 assists in 95 AHL games with Springfield. MacLeod played at the NCAA’s Northeastern University from 2007-11.

--With files from Sports Network

 



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