It’s been a terrifying week, broadly speaking, and things took a turn for the worse during Saturday’s game between the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks.
Stars forward Tanner Kero was stretchered off the ice during the first period of the contest after taking a hit from Blackhawks forward Brett Connolly. Kero simply didn’t see Connolly coming while anticipating a pass and hit the ice with violent force.
Considering Kero hadn’t touched the puck for several seconds, it certainly could be considered a dirty play by Connolly, who received a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit.
Here is the play in question and we don’t necessarily recommend watching it.
#Blackhawks forward Brett Connolly ejected (5 minute major + game misconduct) for interference on #TexasHockey’s Tanner Kero, who left the game on a stretcher. Hoping he’ll be okay. 💚 pic.twitter.com/FibM4wctz7
— NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) December 19, 2021
Shortly after leaving the game, the Stars stated that Kero was conscious and was being transported to a local hospital.
You simply never want to see incidents like these.
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