ATLANTA (AP) _ Atlanta Thrashers center Patrik Stefan sustained a concussion and broke his nose Thursday night after hitting the ice face-first in a game against Montreal.
Stefan, the 20-year-old Czech selected first overall in the 1999 draft, was down on the ice for about 10 minutes after falling over Montreal’s P.J. Stock early in the first period. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher with his neck immobilized.
``It was a total accident how the kid (Stock) came across and slipped, but Patty is pretty badly hurt,″ Thrashers coach Curt Fraser said. ``Certainly a guy we couldn’t lose tonight with Ray (Ferraro) out of the lineup.″
Stefan, who had at least two serious concussions two seasons ago while playing for Long Beach in the International Hockey League, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital for tests.
``He never lost consciousness,″ Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said. ``His neck is fine. He has suffered some type of concussion.″