“Despite the significant injury, his prognosis is excellent and we expect a full recovery,” Blackhawks chief medical officer Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement. “At this point, it is too early to establish a return to play schedule.”
In the middle of the second period, Trouba’s shoulder made contact with Khaira’s head before Khaira fell to the ice and appeared to be still. Paramedics rushed to attend to Khaira, who was then removed from the ice on a stretcher. Khaira was taken by ambulance to hospital for further testing.
“At first I was pretty shaken up, I’m not going to lie to you,” Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews said. “I’m just happy to hear he’s okay. “
Khaira was still in the hospital for further testing as interim Blackhawks head coach Derek King led Tuesday’s post-game press conference.
“It’s never something you want to see with any player. It doesn’t matter who it is, the other team or your team, ”King said. “But he’s standing, he’s talking. He is very responsive. I think he wants to get back on the ice. He’s already done some testing, from what the doc told me, but he still has some testing to do.
“So we won’t know the extent of the injury until after these tests. He is still in the hospital at the moment. But he talks, he’s consistent, I guess. It’s scary. It is a frightening situation to see. “
Trouba did not receive a penalty for the hit. Riley Stillman of the Blackhawks fought Trouba just over five minutes after the hit on Khaira.
Khaira, 27, has scored two goals in 17 games this season after signing a two-year contract with the Blackhawks last July.
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