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AHL player stable, alert after seizure

by Staff

Wade MacLeod of the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons was "stable and alert" Sunday night at a local hospital after suffering a seizure during the second period of a game against the Adirondack Phantoms, a release from the team said.

MacLeod, who was hit into the glass by Adirondack's Brandon Manning just before the seizure, was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

MacLeod's family released the following statement:

"We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of support for Wade tonight. Wade is alert, in good condition, in positive spirits, and is resting comfortably at Baystate Medical Center. He will remain at the hospital while he undergoes tests. We are deeply appreciative of all the caring and kind words we have received from family, friends, and fans."

MacLeod sent the following message from his Twitter account late in the evening: "Feeling very blessed with all the love and support I've received. I am feeling a lot better. Thank you everyone!"

The release said the coaching staffs and players from both teams unanimously agreed to postpone the game.

"Players were very visibly shaken up," Phantoms coach Terry Murray told the Post-Star. "(The Falcons) were very upset about it, as were our players."

A 26-year-old forward from Coquitlam, British Columbia, MacLeod has four goals and 10 points in 19 games this season for the Falcons. He has 15 goals and 42 points in 94 career AHL games.

After the game, Manning expressed his concern via Twitter.

"would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod and his family," Manning wrote. "never had any intention of ever hurting another player.."

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