Amidst the Hershey Bears’ lackluster performance Saturday against the Toronto Marlies, talented defense prospect Connor Hobbs was forced to leave the game and be sent to the hospital for x-rays.
Three and a half minutes into the first period, Hobbs went in for a big hit on a Toronto Marlies player in the neutral zone, but missed when the Marlies forward moved out of the way. The defenseman instead slammed into the dasher boards at full force in front of the Bears bench.
Hobbs immediately fell to the ice. Kyle Mace of Chocolate Hockey reports that Hobbs appeared to inspect his wrist with the Bears’ trainer on the bench.
Hobbs looked at his left wrist, then Beaker grabbed it and walked back to the room with him. Didn't look good. https://t.co/GNro0dirRQ
— Kyle Mace (@kyle_mace) November 4, 2017
The twenty-year-old went to the locker room after the incident and did not return to the game.
In his postgame press conference with reporters, head coach Troy Mann said that Hobbs went to the hospital to get x-rays done. No further information has been released at this time.
Hobbs registered his first professional goal just last week, helping to propel the Bears to a badly needed win over the Providence Bruins.
The Bears ultimately fell 4-1 to the Marlies. It is not clear if Hobbs will join the Bears’ on their trip to Wilkes-Barre for tomorrow’s afternoon game, but it seems unlikely.
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