January 23, 2006
OTTAWA (CP) -- Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo sustained a concussion and was taken off the ice on a stretcher Monday night after his head struck the boards following a collision with Ottawa's Vaclav Varada.
A team spokesman confirmed the nature of the injury - which initially appeared to be possibly severe - following the first period.
Colaiacovo was about to hip check Varada, who appeared to recognize that at the last moment and attempted to avoid the hit. The collision sent Colaiacovo flying headfirst into the boards and he lay motionless on the ice following the impact.
Toronto head athletic therapist Kevin Wagner raced across the ice to attend to the 22-year-old Colaiacovo, who had blood dripping off his head when it was lifted off the ice.
Ottawa team doctor Don Chow joined Wagner and paramedics on the ice. Colaiacovo was able to move his legs as he was being attended to. He raised his right thumb to the crowd as he was taken off on a stretcher after having his head, neck and legs stabilized.
Ottawa was leading 1-0 when the incident occurred with 14:31 to play in the first period.