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Canucks' Dan Hamhuis leaves arena on stretcher after taking puck to face

Friday, December 11, 2015 9:37:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

There was an awfully scary moment in Vancouver on Wednesday night when Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis struggled to get off the ice after being hit in the face with a slap shot in a game against the New York Rangers. The veteran blueliner was bleeding profusely from his face and mouth on his way to the bench and it was later revealed that Hamhuis left the arena on a stretcher.

The play actually all started with Hamhuis turning the puck over. The Rangers worked the puck up to defenseman Dan Boyle who unleashed a hard slap shot. The puck struck Hamhuis in the side of the face, dropping the Canuck to the ice in agony.

Hamhuis remained down for a few seconds before trying to get himself to his feet. He was helped by teammates to the bench where athletic trainers were waiting with towels. The defenseman then struggled to keep his feet under him and there was visible concern rippling through the Canucks bench as Hamhuis arrived.

Finally,the Canucks announced Thursday that Hamhuis suffered a facial fracture on this play and will undergo surgery Friday. A recovery timeline will be determined following surgery.

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