[UPDATE: Khaira was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning and is expected to make a full recovery. There is currently no timetable for a return to play, however.]
Scary scene in Chicago on Tuesday night as Blackhawks forward Jujhar Khaira had to be stretchered off the ice midway through the second period following a massive open ice hit from New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba.
It all started as Khaira attempted to play a pass in his skates, lost control of the puck, and it was on the receiving end of a brutal open ice hit.
Khaira appeared to be knocked out before he even hit the ice.
The Blackhawks’ training staff immediately called for the stretcher and Khaira was taken to a local hospital.
“It was a person that’s pretty shaken, not gonna lie to you, so just glad to hear he’s doing okay,” said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. “It sucks that happens sometimes.”
Trouba was not penalized for the hit. At normal speed and when viewed from a distance it seemed that Trouba hit Khaira in the chest, but the second, slower replay makes it seem that his arm hit Khaira in the face. The NHL Department of Player Safety will no doubt review it for potential discipline.
Later in the period Chicago’s Riley Stillman fought Trouba in response to the play.
Following the game Blackhawks head coach Derek King said Khaira was up and talking.
“I think he wants to get back on the ice,” King said. “He’s done some tests already, as far as what the doc told me, but he has some more tests to be done. So we won’t know the extent of the injury until after these tests.”