Frightening moment minor league hockey player gets knocked out during battle on the ice before his panic opponent pleads for medication for help
- Hershey Bears winger Kale Kessy and Charlotte Checkers defender Derek Sheppard fought during a minor league hockey game in Pennsylvania Tuesday
- After the two gloves dropped and circled each other around the ice, Kessy and Sheppard exchanged a few beats before the latter eliminated the first
- Kessy was unconscious, but woke up before he was taken off the ice on a stretcher
- Sheppard seemed to recognize the seriousness of the situation almost immediately, as he began asking for doctors within seconds of the knockout
- Before he went to the hospital, Kessy told teammates to win what they did
Spectators during a minor league hockey game in Pennsylvania witnessed a frightening moment on Tuesday evening when a player from the visiting Charlotte Checkers eliminated a member of the Hershey Bears during a short fight.
Hershey’s Bald Kessy dropped gloves with Charlotte’s Derek Sheppard midway through the second period, in what appeared to be an even matchup.
“Kale Kessy can throw them,” said the American Hockey League announcer as the players began to spin around each other around mid-ice. “A heavyweight enforcer against Sheppard, who stands 6-0, 215. Kale Kessy, 6-3, 212.”
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Hershey’s Bald Kessy (in white) dropped gloves with Charlotte’s Derek Sheppard (in red) midway through the second period, in what initially seemed an even matchup
Sheppard seemed to recognize the seriousness of the situation almost immediately when he hit the ice of Kessy’s unconscious body within a second
Kessy (left) and Sheppard (right) looked alike. According to the American Hockey League announcer, who called out the fight: “Kale Kessy can throw them. A heavyweight enforcer against Sheppard, who stands 6-0, 215. Kale Kessy, 6-3, 212 ‘
Initially, both the announcer and the crowd seemed excited about the skirmish, which apparently was brewing, but it soon became ugly when Sheppard and Kessy started exchanging strokes.
“Sheppard caught him with one and took Kessy down,” the AHL announcer explained.
Sheppard seemed to recognize the seriousness of the situation almost immediately, when he called for medication within a second after Kessy’s unconscious body hit the ice.
As seen in countless videos on social media in the aftermath of the fight, Sheppard was pulled away by a civil servant, got up, put his hands on his knees and dropped his head in a clear sign that something was wrong.
Teammates stand in line to see Kessy being taken off the ice on a stretcher in Hershey on Tuesday evening
Kessy was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher, but he regained consciousness
Kessy was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher, but according to the team he regained consciousness.
“According to our media and medical team, Kale Kessy was hit in a fight,” read a tweet from the Hershey Bears. “He lost, but regained consciousness on the ice. He is alert and in a stable condition and is transported to a local medical facility. Kessy told his teammates before he left the ice: “Go win the game.”
The Bears, a Washington Capitals partner, eventually won the 6-1 game against Charlotte, the top minor league club of the Carolina Hurricanes.
A 27-year-old from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Kessy was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2011, but has never played in an NHL game.