Jets’ Little suffered brain bleed after getting struck by slap shot

​This is way more serious than a concussion…

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A scary scene took place in the third period of the game between the New Jersey Devils and Jets in Winnipeg.

Jets forward Bryan Little left Tuesday’s game after talking a hard slap shot from teammate Nikolaj Ehlers to the side of his head. Little was bleeding after taking the puck to the head and needed to be helped off the ice by Ehlers and a Jets trainer. He made it to the dressing room, but did not return to action.

The Jets shared an update on Little’s injury on Wednesday morning, revealing that the forward was struck near the ear and needed to be transported to the hospital to receive 25-30 stitches to close the laceration. He was later transferred to a neurological unit to be kept under observation during the night.

However, Global News later revealed that the injury was worse than first expected. He in fact suffered a brain bleed after getting struck by slap shot and is under observation by doctors in the neurological unit at Health Sciences Centre.

Once he gets treated for the brain injury, Little will have to be put through concussion protocol. Head coach Paul Maurice is expected to give more details today after the team’s practice. 

Little missed nine games to begin the season with a concussion and this could only bring back these symptoms. He had collected two goals and five points in six games since returning to the lineup. His return had been quite beneficial for the Jets.