Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was stretchered off the ice on Saturday after being on the wrong end of a cheap attack from Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, which led to a very scary scene on the ice.
Thornton has been meeting with the league to determine his punishment for the incident, while the Penguins placed Orpik on the injured reserve list on Monday.
As we learn more about Orpik’s condition, it is being reported that he suffered a concussion from Thornton’s punches and he also suffered memory loss that caused him to forget the incident on the ice.
From Dan Rosen of NHL.com:
Shero said Orpik doesn’t remember anything that happened after the anthem Saturday night. He’s doing OK, resting, has headaches, neck ache.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) December 10, 2013
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma also confirmed the soreness and concussion.
“(Sunday) he definitely had soreness because of the situation in the neck and back and had a headache,” Bylsma said. “He’s dealing with a concussion. I don’t know how long that’s going to be.”
With Orpik out of action for the foreseeable future, the Penguins recalled Brian Dumoulin from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to fill the void on their roster.