Monday, February 18, 2013

Falcons' MacLeod "feeling much better," reportedly out of hospital 2/18

The Springfield Falcons player who suffered a seizure in a game against the Adirondack Phantoms Sunday, which led to the game being suspended, is feeling better, he Tweeted Monday.

Forward Wade MacLeod, who went into convulsions on the ice after he was boarded by Phantoms defenseman Brandon Manning late in the second period, was transported to Baystate Medical Center.

MacLeod's family said in a statement released Sunday that the second-year pro out of Northeastern was in good condition and alert, but he would remain at Baystate while he underwent tests.

EDIT: The Springfield Republican reports MacLeod has been released from the hospital, though there has been no word on the official diagnosis and cause of his injury.

"Feeling very blessed with all the love and support I've received," MacLeod wrote on his Twitter account, @wademacleod, early Monday morning. "I am feeling a lot better. Thank you everyone!"

Manning, who was assessed a two-minute boarding penalty on the play, wrote Sunday on his Twitter profile, @BManning28,  that he "never had any intention of ever hurting another player," and offered well-wishes, thoughts and prayers to MacLeod and his family.

MacLeod responded to Manning on Monday afternoon.
"Wish the whole Adirondack organization a big thank you for all their love and support," MacLeod Tweeted to Manning.

"it was a play that is made many times throughout a hockey game," MacLeod wrote in a subsequent message. "The result here was unfortunate but I am feeling much better."

Manning Tweeted back to MacLeod a little more than an hour later, writing "glad to hear your doing better and hope to see you get back on skates soon. all the best man"

The game was delayed for 15 minutes while trainers and emergency medical personnel tended to MacLeod on the ice. Officials, coaches and the Falcons front office later mutually came to the decision to suspend the game and continue it at a later date, though one has not been announced.

Phantoms coach Terry Murray said in a telephone interview Sunday evening that he agreed with the two-minute boarding call and the decision to suspend the game.

Adirondack led the game 2-1 when it was suspended with 3:42 left in the second period on goals from Rob Bordson and Danny Syvret. MacLeod recorded an assist on Springfield's goal, which was scored by Ryan Craig.


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