On Monday night during a match up between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders, star forward and rookie sensation Brock Boeser was badly injured after he attempted to deliver a hit to Isles veteran forward Cal Clutterbuck.
Clutterbuck was skating up the ice with the puck when Boeser attempted to line him up in the neutral zone but, while the young forward did in fact connect with his hit, he was the one that took by far the worst of it. Clutterbuck shrugged the young Canucks rookie off like he wasn't even there and the result was Boeser going hard into the boards in front of the Canucks bench.
It looks like his back would have taken the worst of the impact as he went hard into the boards, and after making contact with those boards, Boeser lay motionless on the ground for several long moments before eventually regaining his feet. Much to his credit he then attempted to get up under his own power, but he needed help from his teammates and trainers even to do just that.
Boeser then attempted to walk to the locker room but it was clear that he was in terrible agony as he attempted to do so. According to a report from Sportsnet's Irfaan Gaffar, Boeser was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, as no details on his health were made available after the game. Canucks head coach Travis Green stated that it was for precautionary reasons.
"You are always concerned no matter what when a player is injured," said Green after the game. "I don't want to make a comment on it. I hope he's all right. I think our guys feel like it's a bruise."
It may be worse than that, dear coach... On Tuesday morning, Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal revealed from a source that the young rookie could be shut down for the season.
"Not career-threatening and not a serious injury but can't see him playing again this season. Best to shut him down, there will be a few weeks of discomfort," explained the aforementioned source.
This would be hard to swallow for the Canucks, their fanbase and Boeser himself, who has become a string candidate of for the Calder Trophy as a panel of 18 NHL.com staff members picked Boeser as the top rookie in the NHL at midseason.
"There's a lot of rookies in the League and a lot of guys who are having great years; you pay attention to that and it's good to see," Boeser said after the results were revealed in January. "But I try not to worry about that and maintain my focus within the team."
Now his focus will have to turn to his health and recovery...