There was a scary scene in the Swedish second tier playoffs on Thursday as Jens Olsson, a defenseman for the Malmo Redhawks, laid motionless on the ice after receiving a crosscheck to the back of the head from Rogle BK’s Jakob Lilja.
After laying prone on the ice for several moments, Olsson was removed from the ice by stretcher and taken to a local hospital. Thankfully, local media reports say that Olsson only suffered a muscle injury and that he was awake, moving his extremities and had x-rays taken at hospital.
The video below, via Robert Soderlind’s Vine page, shows the crosscheck and the aftermath:
Lilja, 21, was unsurprising given a five-minute major for checking to the head and booted from the game. The crosscheck even has prosecutors looking into the incident and deciding whether or not to bring charges against Lilja.
Former NHLer Mikael Renberg, now a commentator for the Swedish league, said following the game that he’s not even sure if a 10-game suspension would be a fitting enough sentence for Lilja, and remarked that it’s the exact kind of play that should be out of the game.
Rogle went on to a 5-2 victory in the first game of the SHL qualifying tournament. Both Malmo and Rogle will be back in action Saturday. Lilja has already been ruled out of Saturday’s contest while he awaits his suspension.