Very scary moment in Colorado after Lehkonen goes head first into the end boards
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Very scary moment in Colorado after Lehkonen goes head first into the end boards

The veteran forward has been rushed to hospital.



Fans witnessed a very scary situation in Denver this evening in tonight's game between the hometown Colorado Avalanche and the visiting Seattle Kraken.

With Avalanche forward Artturi Lehkonen chasing a puck deep in the Kraken zone, he engaged in a bit of a battle for position with Kraken defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and ended up falling head first into the end boards.

It was a scary scene, especially when Lehkonen appeared to go limp upon impact.

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Thankfully, Lehkonen has able to get up under his own power and was was helped off the ice by his teammates, without the assistance of medical staff. He was rushed to hospital for proper evaluation, but the team has announced that he has full movement in all of his extremities.

Stay tuned for a proper medical update from the team. In the meantime though, consider keeping Lehkonen in your thoughts and prayers.

The 28 year old winger had a breakout season with the Avalanche last season, putting up career highs in goals, assist and points. He managed 21 goals and 51 points in 64 games. And this season he has picked up right where he left off with three goals and seven points in his first 11 games to start the campaign. Much of this surge in his production can be credited to his chemistry with Avalanche superstars Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. The native of Piikkio, Finland has found great success being the glue guy on the team's top line by digging pucks out of the corner and getting them over to either MacKinnon or Rantanen. Get the puck, give it to a superstar and go to the net. Never a bad strategy to generate offense.

Again, here's hoping that he's okay and that the team only sent him to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

In 487 career regular season games split between the Avs and the Montreal Canadiens, who drafted him 55th overall back in 2013, Lehkonen has 104 goals and 216 points.

Source: Colorado Avalanche