Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andre Deveaux had his face sliced by a teammate’s skate during an American Hockey League game Tuesday in Austin, Tex.
Deveaux, now playing for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, was clipped by a high stick during the second period against the Texas Stars and fell to the ice clutching his face. Seconds later, teammate Nolan Yonkman was knocked off balance and wound up stepping on Deveaux’s face, opening a large gash.
The 29-year-old was quickly helped off the ice, leaving a trail of blood, and taken to a local hospital. Rampage radio play-by-play man Dan Weiss later tweeted after the game that Deveaux was expected to be released from hospital and accompany the team back to San Antonio but there was no update to his injury status Wednesday.
Deveaux, a sixth-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2002 who spent four seasons in the OHL with Belleville and Owen Sound, played 22 games with the Leafs in 2008-09 and ‘09-10, recording one assist and 75 penalty minutes. He also played 110 games with the Toronto Marlies during those two seasons.
He also played a handful of games with the New York Rangers in 2011-12.
In 37 games with the Rampage this season, the Bahamas-born Deveaux has six goals and seven assists.