A fight in the AHL nearly turned disastrous Tuesday night as San Diego Gulls winger and veteran bruiser Brian McGrattan was knocked out cold and slammed face first into the ice.
The fight, which occurred less than four minutes into the second period, ended when San Antonio Rampage winger Daniel Maggio connected with a right hand that stunned McGrattan. The punch caused McGrattan to fall to the ice without the ability to stop his head from crashing into the ice. As soon as he fell to the ice, he laid motionless with players from the Gulls, Rampage and referees on the ice signalling for immediate help:
Rampage defenseman Maxime Noreau escorted a member of the training staff onto the ice as players from the Gulls motioned for a stretcher. McGrattan was stretchered off the ice, but multiple reports said he gave a thumbs up to the crowd at San Antonio’s AT&T Center as he was leaving the ice.
Shortly after the fight, the Gulls announced that McGrattan was alert and had full movement.
According to HockeyFights.com, McGrattan, 34, has been in 184 fights in his 13 seasons as a professional player.
McGrattan was signed to a one-year deal by the Anaheim Ducks in the off-season but has spent his entire season with the Gulls. In 37 games this season, he has five goals and eight points to go along with 99 penalty minutes. McGrattan has played 317 career NHL games over which time he has scored 10 goals and 27 points while amassing 609 penalty minutes.
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