“Was in a vulnerable position” – Vegas coach Peter DeBoer denounces ‘dangerous hit’ on Brett Howden against Predators

Centre Brett Howden has nine goals and 11 assists for the Vegas Golden Knights this season, his first with the team.

Brett Howden being stretched off
Brett Howden being stretched off

Vegas Golden Knights centre Brett Howden, who took a hit from Filip Forsberg, was in stable condition at a Las Vegas hospital after being stretchered off on Thursday night. This unfortunate incident took place during the Knights’ 6-1 victorious game against Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League (NHL) at the T-Mobile Arena.

The 23-year-old Howden was battling for the puck with the Predators’ left wing when he lost his balance and that forced him into the boards headfirst near the Vegas bench in the first period.

The medical personnel immediately brought a stretcher onto the rink and tended to Howden, who appeared responsive. The Oakbank native ice raised one of his arms as he was taken off the playing surface after a nine-minute delay

“I thought liberty was taken. He was in a vulnerable position and I thought he got driven into the boards from behind in a dangerous spot,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “My initial concern was obviously about our player. It was a really dangerous hit, and anytime you see someone get stretchered off your concern is there.”

Nashville coach Hynes and captain Josi opened up on this situation

Nashville Predators' captain Roman Josi and coach John Hynes
Nashville Predators’ captain Roman Josi and coach John Hynes

During the post-match press conference, Nashville captain Roman Josi and coach John Hynes also shared their opinions on this situation.

“On behalf of us Predators players and everyone else, we just want to wish Brett all the best,” Josi said. “Scary incident there and everyone was a little shocked, but we’ve heard he’s in stable condition and hopefully his recovery goes well. Just want to wish you all the best.”

Added Hynes: “I’d just like to echo Roman’s statements regarding Brett Howden. On behalf of the Nashville Predators, it’s nice to hear he’s in stable condition and doing well. We support him and wish him all the best.”

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