An off-ice official was injured in Game 3 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Boston on Friday when a glass panel fell on him.
The Bruins were leading the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, in the second period when fans began banging on the glass repeatedly until it dislodged to land on the penalty box attendant. The gentleman immediately collapsed to the ground and was reportedly knocked unconscious by the cold.
Coaches from both teams quickly came to his aid and a stretcher was produced to transport the attendant for further medical attention.
The attendant had regained consciousness and was moving as he left the ice. Boston and Carolina players came to check on his status during the long game delay and sent him away with a chorus of slashing. The game’s broadcast first reported his name as Joe Foley.
As play resumed, the Bruins responded with a message for the attendant.
“Our hearts go out to the injured NHL off-ice official,” Boston tweeted. “We send him our best wishes.”
It was also a physically difficult night for others in Boston. Prior to the penalty box incident, a referee was violently knocked down when a member of the Bruins ice team collided with him with a trash can during a first-period television timeout.
Carolina winger Jordan Martinook also left the game with a lower-body injury and was ruled out of returning.