The Adirondack Phantoms played a game on Sunday, but they never finished it. Why is that? Because Brandon Manning boarded Springfield Falcons’ Wade MacLeod. Manning was given a two minute minor penalty for the offense, but then something really weird happened. Macleod hit his head against the glass and appeared shaken up but he seemed okay. Until he skated back to the Falcons’ bench and collapsed into a seizure.
Yes, he had a freaking seizure after being boarded by Brandon Manning. There is no doubt that this was a freak accident. There is no way that Manning could ever have intentionally tried to do this to another player. Much like how the Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Cooke couldn’t have intended to cut Ottawa Senators’ Erik Karlsson‘s achilles’. These are freak accidents that unfortunately happen in a rough game like hockey.
Manning spoke out about the incident via his twitter to express his feelings and sympathy for MacLeod:
would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod and his family. never had any intention of ever hurting another player…hope for a speedy recovery and see him back on the ice soon. thoughts and prayers to him and his family
You can tell that Manning feels really bad about what happened, even though it wasn’t done in malicious intent. It was a bad hit and that’s what happens in hockey.
The game was suspended with 3:28 left in the second period, the Phantoms were winning 2-1 and were trying to head for a much needed win in the final period. No word on when the game will resume, but for now it has suspended and will need to be completed sometime before playoffs.
Broad Street Buzz wants to wish MacLeod a speedy recovery and hope that we don’t see these freak accidents on the ice any longer.