Brian McGrattan, ex-NHL tough guy, knocked out in AHL fight
One-time Flames forward taken off on stretcher
San Diego Gulls forward Brian McGrattan was taken out of an AHL game on a stretcher at the conclusion of a startling fight Tuesday night.
McGrattan exchanged a flurry of punches with San Antonio Rampage forward Daniel Maggio, of Windsor, Ont., before being knocked out cold.
The 34-year-old former Calgary Flame crashed face-first to the ice and remained unconscious.
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McGrattan was removed from the game, but the Gulls later tweeted he was conscious and had full movement.
INJURY UPDATE: Brian McGrattan is conscious, alert and has full movement.—@SDGullsAHL
McGrattan, who is no stranger to hockey fights, was traded from Calgary to the Anaheim Ducks over the summer.
On Wednesday, he tweeted an update about his condition and thanked everyone for their well wishes while making reference to the inherent risks of his job.
Thanks for all the msgs. Everything is fine i am not dead and will be back shortly!! Been around a long time and know the risks!!—@bigern10
The incident is reminiscent of NHL enforcer George Parros's face-first fall during a fight with Colton Orr in a game between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013.