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11/06/2014 11:46 pm ET Updated Nov 07, 2014

Daniel Winnik, Maple Leafs Forward, Suffers Devastating Hit During Game

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.

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)

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