Minor league hockey player stretchered off ice after taking brutal punch during fight

A minor league hockey player was taken off the ice on a stretcher Tuesday after getting knocked unconscious during a fight.

The Hershey Bears and Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League were playing a regular-season game. The Bears’ Kale Kessy and the Checkers’ Derek Sheppard were involved in the fight.

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Kessy was knocked unconscious during the fight and was the one who had to be taken off on a stretcher. Sheppard asked for emergency personnel to rush over after Kessy went down.

The Bears released a statement on Twitter during the game, updating Kessy’s status.

“Kale Kessy was struck in a fight. He lost, but regained consciousness on the ice. He is alert, and in stable condition, and being transported to a local medical facility. Kessy told his teammates before leaving the ice, ‘go win the game.’”

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Bears coach Spencer Carbery added that Kessy was “doing better” but was kept in the hospital overnight, according to TMZ Sports.

The Bears did go out and win the game, 6-1.

Hershey is on top of the AHL’s Atlantic Division with 74 points and maintains a three-point lead over the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Checkers sit in fourth place, only 10 points behind Hershey.

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Hershey is an affiliate of the Washington Capitals. Charlotte is an affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes.