Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on Saturday provided an update on forward Ben Street, telling the Detroit Free Press that Street “is going to be just fine” after suffering a cut to his neck from a skate blade during Friday’s exhibition game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Street was involved in a collision along the boards in the second period and the skate of Leaf Justin Holl made contact near his throat. He immediately grabbed his neck with his gloved hand and left the ice, under his own power, before being taken to a local hospital.
“Ben was cut in the neck,” Blashill told the Detroit Free Press. “They explored the wound. There was no major damages. He was taken to hospital last night to make sure. He was released from the hospital last night and he is on his way home.
“He had unreal composure. He had his hand on his neck. I looked up and saw the replay and that’s when I really got scared. I was hoping everything was OK. But we got word pretty quick that it looked like it was going to be just fine.”
The Red Wings signed Street, 29, to a one-year contract on July 1, as per NHL.com.
Street has played 29 NHL games in his career, spending time with the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche organizations.