Hurricanes Sebastian Aho out indefinitely with a concussion

RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 2: Sebastian Aho
RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 2: Sebastian Aho /

Young Carolina Hurricanes winger Sebastian Aho will be out indefinitely after being injured in a huge hit.

Finnish forward Sebastian Aho, 20, suffered a concussion and a lower-body injury in a collision with Calgary captain Mark Giordano on Sunday night.

Early in the third period, Aho attempted to cut into the center of the offensive zone, but was met by a crunching Giordano hit.

The impact left Aho sprawled on the ice as he was tended to by Hurricanes trainers. He was eventually helped off the ice and taken straight to the locker room.

It has now been announced by Carolina that the young star will be out indefinitely. No time table has been placed on his recovery, but Aho will not require surgery and has not yet been placed on injured reserve. No replacements have been called up from Carolina’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

After the game – which the in-form Flames won 4-1 – Carolina head coach Bill Peters told reporters he did not think there was any intent to injure on Giordano’s part.

“There was some head contact,” Peters told “I don’t know if there was much intent, to be honest with you. I thought his arm was tucked in low, but it ended up catching him in the head. It’s unfortunate.”

Aho’s teammate Justin Williams leapt to his defense and dropped the gloves with Giordano immediately after the hit.

Giordano was ejected on a match penalty for the play. He did not receive a call from the NHL Department of Player Safety and will not receive any further discipline.

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Second-year star Aho has been in top form so far this season, building on his brilliant rookie season. He currently leads the Hurricanes in goals and points and will be a huge loss for Carolina.