Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Alex Grant was released from hospital earlier today after being carried off the ice in a stretcher yesterday at the London, Ontario NHL Rookie mini-tournament.
Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said in a release that Grant sustained a broken wrist and whiplash after being hit by an Ottawa Senator during Saturday’s prospect game at the John Labatt Centre in London. The defenseman will be re-evaluated by Penguins doctors when the team returns to Pittsburgh later this week.
The hit happened just a few minutes into the Penguins’ Saturday afternoon game against the Senators. He was injured when Ottawa's David Dziurzynski drove him into the boards while the two were skating hard into the end zone.
Grant, his neck and extremities immobilized, was removed from the ice on a stretcher and transported to a nearby hospital.
A former captain of the Saint John Sea Dogs, Grant played in 40 games with the East Coast Hockey League’s Wheeling Nailers last year. He recorded seven goals and 20 assists. Also, in 14 matches with the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the offensive defensive registered three goals and two assists.
The 2005 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League first overall pick was selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round, 118th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.