Originally written on Sportress of Blogitude  |  Last updated 10/22/14
A scary moment occurred during the Dallas Stars-Colorado Avalanche game on Monday night, when veteran NHL referee Chris Rooney was down and out on the ice after an odd carom off a slapshot resulted in the puck drilling him in the head. A few minutes into the first period, a shot from the point by hulking Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak deflected off Avalanche player Paul Stastny’s skate and ricocheted left, appearing to catch Rooney up high in the neck area. Rooney immediately went down, play was stopped and Rooney was then attended to by medical personnel. Yowsers. While Rooney — not surprisingly — did not return to officiate the game, an AP report indicates that while a frightening scene, Rooney appears to be okay: The puck appeared to carom off the neck of Rooney, who stayed down behind the Avalanche net. Rooney eventually got up and skated off the ice. Sam Singleton, an NHL security representative, said Rooney ”checked out OK,” but he didn’t have any details. Had any details b...
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