In a scary incident in the first competitive game of the 2018 pre-season, Montreal Canadiens prospect Jake Evans was taken off the ice on a stretcher. The NCAA graduate had taken a hit after crossing the blue line, and appeared to be unconscious after landing on his head after the body check.
A high hit leads to Jake Evans hitting his head off the ice.— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) September 8, 2018
Scary moment as he laid motionless before being stretchered off by the medical staff. pic.twitter.com/Dfs0raua4B
Evans was able to participate in the tournament for the first time after being ineligible due to his collegiate responsibilities in previous years. He had wrapped up his tenure with the University of Notre Dame in the spring, and was preparing to begin his rookie professional season.
He had just recovered from sports hernia surgery to be ready to compete for the 2018-19 season, likely with the Laval Rocket. Hopefully the injury won’t be as serious as it initially looked, and he can make the opening night lineup of the AHL squad when the season begins in October.
Medical Update:— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 8, 2018
Jake Evans was taken to hospital for further evaluation. He is conscious and moving him limbs. #GoHabsGo
Habs Family is with you buddy @jakeevans79 get well soon buddy!— nikita scherbak (@nikscherbak) September 8, 2018
UPDATE: Evans was released from hospital and is under the watch of the medical staff in Brossard.
Medical update: Jake Evans was released from the hospital last night. He is back in Brossard for treatment today, and is following the team’s concussion protocol.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 8, 2018