Sabres prospect stretchered off ice, taken to hospital after hit into boards

Buffalo Sabres development camp invitee Michael Campoli, 18, was stretchered off the ice after a hit left him laying motionless on the ice. Sabres GM Tim Murray said Campoli was talking and moving his extremities “a little bit” before being taken to hospital.

There was a scary scene at the final day of Buffalo Sabres development camp Tuesday when 18-year-old defenseman Michael Campoli was checked into the boards and laid motionless on the ice.

During a three-on-three development camp scrimmage at HarborCenter, Campoli was given a jolt by 21-year-old winger William Carrier and sent into the boards. According to the Buffalo Hockey Beat’s Bill Hoppe, Campoli tried to get to his feet only to fall back down, where he laid — motionless, according to Hoppe — for roughly 20 minutes as he was attended to be medical personnel on hand at the development camp.

After attending to Campoli, medical personnel placed him on a board, Hoppe reported, and wheeled Campoli from the ice “in an upright position.” The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington captured footage of Campoli being taken off:

Campoli has since been transported to hospital, and Sabres GM Tim Murray said that there are some positive signs.

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“He was obviously speaking and joking a little bit and he was moving his extremities a little bit,” Murray told media following the scrimmage. Murray added that be believed it was a clean hit from Carrier, but “an unfortunate ending we’re all concerned about.”

Carrier told media he thought the hit was one where Campoli simply lost his balance and went backwards, hitting his head in the process.

Campoli is an undrafted free agent who joined the Sabres as an invite to the development camp. A member of the U.S. National Team Development Program last season, the 6-foot-2, 192-pound blueliner played 55 games for the American Under-18 team this past season, registering one assist. He’s committed to Boston College for the 2016-17 campaign.

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