Toronto Maple Leafs center Daniel Winnik was knocked down after taking a hit by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda during the first period of a game at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Thursday night.
Winnik appeared to be unconscious as a team medic scrambled out onto the ice.
After a few tense moments that silenced the arena crowd, Winnik was taken off the ice on a stretcher. Afterward, the team tweeted that he was alert and moving.
Daniel Winnik is alert and moving. He is currently being evaluated by the Leafs' team doctor. #TMLtalk
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 7, 2014
TSN Reporter Mark Masters tweeted that it was unlikely Winnik would be taken to a hospital.
A replay of the hit was posted to Vine. While it is not graphic, it's painful to watch:
(h/t CBS Sports)