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Wheat Kings' Hawryluk hospitalized after collapse

by Mike G. Morreale

Brandon Wheat Kings center Jayce Hawryluk, No. 42 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, is alert and talking after collapsing in the dressing room after a 5-4 victory against the Regina Pats in Game 3 of the Western Hockey League playoffs on Wednesday in Brandon.

Hawryluk was taken by ambulance to Brandon Regional Health Centre.

Wheat Kings general manager and coach Kelly McCrimmon released the following statement after the game:

"Jayce was taken to hospital after [Wednesday's] game. While concerned, the club believes it is not serious. Until we have more information we cannot pinpoint the cause. Jayce is resting comfortably."

Hawryluk had three goals and an assist in the victory Wednesday to give the Wheat Kings a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. He has four goals, eight points and a plus-6 rating in three playoff games.

Hawryluk led his team with 64 points (24 goals, 40 assists) and a plus-16 rating in 59 regular-season games. Twice named the WHL Player of the Week, Hawryluk also scored seven power-play goals.

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