WILMINGTON, Mass. — At about 11 a.m. the Boston Bruins’ dressing room was cleared of all reporters so that paramedics could remove Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick via stretcher for transport to a nearby hospital.
According to head coach Claude Julien: “It’s related to his spleen. And that’s all I can tell you right now. It’s something with his spleen. He obviously didn’t feel very good, so our trainers did what was right and called an ambulance and hopefully we can get some good news here as we move on.”
Two ambulances, two fire trucks and two police vehicles were on the scene. Hunwick looks extremely pale as he was lifted into the emergency vehicle. Bruins trainer Donnie Del Negro accompanied the ambulance to the hospital.
“It’s our job to make sure our team’s focused,” said Julien when asked about the hockey ramifications of this serious off-ice situation. “We’re going to be OK. We’re certainly not going to use this as an excuse. As I said before, when the game starts, everything will be under control. It’ll just be us moving on and knowing that Matty’s going to be fine and be back with us as soon as he can.”
The Bruins are not offering up any additional information at this time. They won’t even reveal the name of the hospital.
Back in 2001, Colorado star center Peter Forsberg was feeling stomach pains. He wound up having emergency surgery to remove his spleen and then missed the rest of the Avs’ playoff run. Last spring, New York Rangers forward Sean Avery suffered a lacerated spleen.
Again, I’ll will provide an update as soon as there is one.