Joe Foley, an off-ice official, was injured during Game Three of the first round of the Stanley Cup Series in Boston on Friday when a glass plate fell on him.
The Bruins were leading the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in the second half when fans began banging glass over and over until they landed on the edge of the penalty area. Foley immediately fell to the ground, looking like he had just come out of the cold.
Soon, coaches from both teams came to his aid, and a stretcher was produced to transport Foley for further medical attention.
Foley regained consciousness and was moving as he left the ice. The Boston and Carolina players came to check on his condition during the long delay in the game and sent him off with a chorus of taps. Boston’s win was delayed 4-2 after about seven minutes of the accident.
As play resumed, a police officer stood in the stands to maintain the barrier. NHL spokesman John Delapina said Foley was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation.
“We heard he’s doing a good job and he’s going to be fine,” Boston striker David Pasternak said.
Before the end of the second term, Bruins responded with a message to Foley on social media.
“Our thoughts are with the NHL off-ice official who has been injured,” Boston wrote on her Twitter account. We send him our best wishes.
It was a physically tough night for others in Boston as well. Prior to the penalty area incident, the referee was violently thrown when a member of the Bruins ice crew hit him with a dustbin during a first-term television layoff.
Carolina winger Jordan Martinock also left the match with a lower body injury and was ruled out of the comeback.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.