Former Oilers Star Ryan Smyth Knocked Out by Dirty Elbow in Senior AAA Hockey Game (Video)
Former Edmonton Oilers captain and fan favorite Ryan Smyth was knocked unconscious by a vicious flying elbow during a senior AAA game in Alberta on Sunday.
Senior hockey is the highest level of non-professional hockey in North America. Senior AAA leagues are comprised of players who never quite made it as well as players who have retired from pro hockey.
Smyth, who retired in 2014 after scoring 386 goals over 19 NHL seasons, currently plays for the Stony Plain Eagles. They were taking on the Lacombe Generals in Game 1 of the provincial finals, and Smyth had just scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, when Generals forward Kyle Sheen came flying in to deliver an illegal headshot.
Smyth immediately fell to the ice, where he laid motionless for several minutes while trainers came to his aid.
It was a pretty terrifying scene.
Sheen received a match penalty, and Alberta’s Chinook Hockey League says it will review the play. Chances are his playing days are over.
Thankfully, Smyth seems to be recovering well.
Thank you all for the well wishes. I’m home resting with my family & hoping for a speedy recovery. The EMT’s and Eagles staff were amazing.
— Ryan Smyth (@RealSmytty94) March 13, 2017
Hat Tip – [Sportsnet]