Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, said Friday that Martell has swelling and blood in his eye, but probably incurred no long-term damage. The Winnipeg native was cleared to fly out of San Jose, but won’t return to the ice for at least another week.
Martell was injured during the third period of the Sharks’ 5-4 overtime victory Thursday night. San Jose was on a power play when forward Milan Michalek’s shot flew through the crease and hit Martell, who was watching from the far side of the net.
Martell, an NHL referee since 1992, fell face-first on the ice. He stayed down for several moments before being helped to the dressing room by both clubs’ training staffs, leaving a pool of blood on the ice behind the Blues’ net.