Detroit Red Wings forwards Darren Helm and Jerome Verrier sustained injuries when they collided Friday during a drill on the first day of training camp in Traverse City, Mich.
Helm was taken to a hospital for the NHL's concussion protocol, and coach Jeff Blashill said he'll miss at least a week. “With the concussion protocol he’ll be, I guess we say day to day but it’s probably a little bit longer than that,” he said when asked about Helm’s return, according to the Red Wings website.
Verrier had to be removed from the ice on a stretcher and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken leg and will have surgery on Saturday. The 21-year-old is a free agent trying to earn a contract with the Red Wings. He played two games for Detroit in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.
Helm and Verrier were going at full speed when they collided headfirst during a drill.
“Unfortunately we weren’t able to give heads up to either guy soon enough,” Blashill said.