Edmonton Oilers defenseman Alex Plante was knocked out of Monday's game against Vancouver after absorbing a jarring hit from Canucks left wing Dale Weise.
A shoulder-to-shoulder check by Weise drove Plante's face into the boards and left the rookie bleeding profusely from a cut.
Weise received a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct for the hit.
Edmonton coach Tom Renney said disciplinary action should be levied against Weise.
“He came pretty hard,” Renney said. “He had a pretty good head of steam on him and he was after one thing, and that was the hit.”
Plante, who had just been recalled from the minors and was appearing in his ninth NHL game, said after the game that he was "OK."