CHICAGO (AP) -Blackhawks defenseman Ryan Stokes was hospitalized Wednesday night after sustaining a severe cut on his face, presumably by a skate, during Chicago's 4-3 preseason loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Stokes bled on the ice late in the third period after he tried to check Columbus forward Jared Boll. He fell in a pile along the boards and then skated off under his own power. Stokes was taken by ambulance to the University of Chicago Hospital after the game to be stitched.
Blackhawks spokesman Jim De Maria said Stokes would likely spend Wednesday night in the hospital for observation.
It was the second serious injury for the Blackhawks in their second preseason game. Rookie center Jonathan Toews, Chicago's first-round pick in last year's draft, broke his right index finger and is expected to be sidelined two-to-three weeks.
The 19-year-old Toews, chosen third overall in the 2006 draft, was injured when a puck struck his hand late in the second period, Blackhawks coach Denis Savard said.
Toews helped lead Canada to the gold medal in this year's world junior tournament and is expected to play for the Blackhawks this season.
Savard said he hopes Toews will return in time for Chicago's regular-season opener on Oct. 4 at Minnesota.
Advertisement

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Updated Stanley Cup Odds The NHL Preseason is set to begin in about a month. Here is a look at the latest odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2017.
Thumbnail Datsyuk leaves, Mrazek stays in Detroit After three-time Selke Trophy winner Pavel Datsyuk officially decided to return to Russia, Detroit fans needed a...
Thumbnail Stamkos staying with Tampa The biggest prize in NHL free agency has elected to stay home, as Steven Stamkoshas signed a new deal with the Tampa Bay...
Thumbnail Stanley Cup Game 6 Pick The San Jose Sharks hope to force a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight...
Thumbnail Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Pick Will the Pittsburgh Penguins close out the Stanley Cup Final tonight when they host the San Jose Sharks in...
More inNHL Articles  
Advertisement

NHL Team Pages