Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman Dylan Chanter was released from an area hospital early Sunday morning after sustaining a head and shoulder injury in the second period of his team’s game against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in a United States Hockey League matchup on Saturday at Cedar Rapids Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The injury was severe enough at the time that the Office of the USHL Commissioner and management of both teams agreed to suspend the contest after the incident at the 11:58 mark of the second. Details for a rescheduled date of the game will be announced at a later time.
According to Jeffrey Johnson of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Chanter engaged in a fight with Cedar Rapids left wing Corey Petrash in the corner behind Dubuque’s net. That’s when Chanter lost his balance and fell backward, hitting his head on the ice and dislocating his left shoulder. Chanter was not wearing a helmet.
Early Sunday morning, Chanter updated his condition via his Twitter account: "Wanted to let everyone know I'm awake and okay. Thank you so much for all your thoughts prayers. Nothing compares to the hockey community."
Chanter (6-foot-3.25, 213 pounds), a native of Armstrong, B.C., is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft. The University of New Hampshire recruit was conscious while being attended to by trainers and medical staff at the arena at the time of his injury before being transported to a local hospital for evaluation and testing.
The RoughRiders were holding a 2-0 lead at the time of the injury.
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