Blackhawks’ Trevor Daley suffers scary injury after ugly collision with Jets’ Chris Thorburn

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor Daley suffered a frightening injury in the second period of Sunday’s game after colliding awkwardly with Winnipeg Jets winger Chris Thorburn. Daley was down for several minutes and the stretcher was brought out, but he was helped off the ice by teammates.

A scary collision Sunday afternoon between Winnipeg Jets winger Chris Thorburn and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor Daley put the veteran blueliner out of the matinee game and nearly saw him stretchered off the ice.

In the second frame of Sunday’s game, Daley was back in the Chicago zone and attempting to turn the puck up ice following a pass from goaltender Corey Crawford. Daley was off balance as he tossed the puck off the wall and up ice, and after Daley released the puck, he lost his balance, fell forward and his neck and head area made contact with the leg of Thorburn, who was skating in on the forecheck.

Daley laid on the ice in obvious distress following the awkward collision, and the Blackhawks medical staff hurried onto the ice, shortly followed by a stretcher and the in-arena medical team:

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Shortly after the third period began, the Blackhawks announced that Daley would not return. Now the question becomes when Daley will be able to return, especially with an injury that appeared as serious as the one he suffered.

Daley, 32, was acquired by the Blackhawks in the off-season as part of the trade that sent Patrick Sharp to the Dallas Stars. In 26 games this season, Daley has mustered just five assists and is averaging 15:18 per game, the least of any regular blueliner in Chicago. Daley set career-highs in 2014-15 with 16 goals and 38 points in 68 games.

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