Friday, October 18, 2013

Jets' Jacob Trouba Takes Gruesome Fall



There was good news for the Winnipeg Jets -- they defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in a shootout on Friday -- but the news was mostly bad. When Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba crashed clumsily into the boards during the second period at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, wrenching his neck and being carted off on a stretcher, the crowd went silent.

See the video above. (NHL.com showed many angles of the replay and it was not pretty.)

We've seen many violent hits this season, and I will write about Maxim Lapierre's hit and suspension in another post, but 19-year-old Trouba's (ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft) fall is the ugliest collision with the boards that we've seen all year. And there wasn't even a check on the play.

Trouba just got hung up and lost control. he gets in a race for the puck with Jordan Leopold, and at the last second he tries to cut behind the Blues defenseman and ends up losing his balance and catapulting himself into the boards.

Hopefully he's okay. Initial reports are that he's fine.

Update: According to a tweet from Scott Brown, the senior director of corporate communications for the Jets, Trouba has been taken to hospital for X-rays. “He is alert, communicating, and moving all limbs.”