BOSTON (CBS) — Former Northeastern University star and current Springfield Falcons forward Wade MacLeod was sent to the hospital Sunday when he collapsed on the ice and suffered a seizure after being checked into the boards.
MacLeod’s family issued a statement, saying the 26-year-old is recovering at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
“We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of support for Wade tonight,” the family said. “Wade is alert, in good condition, in positive spirits, and is resting comfortably at Baystate Medical Center. He will remain at the hospital while he undergoes tests. We are deeply appreciative of all the caring and kind words we have received from family, friends, and fans.”
UPDATE, Feb. 21: McLeod’s family released another statement, saying doctors discovered a benign mass in McLeod’s brain.
“A CT scan performed on Wade resulted in the discovery of a benign mass,” the statement read. “He will be undergoing further examination to determine the appropriate treatment. We appreciate the respect of Wade’s privacy at this time.”
The hit took place late in the second period at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Adirondack Phantoms defenseman Brandon Manning hit MacLeod from behind, and MacLeod’s head appeared to hit against the glass. MacLeod skated toward the Springfield bench on a delayed penalty on Manning for boarding, but he collapsed and fell to the ice. He was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher, and the game did not resume. The Falcons said that both teams’ players and coaches unanimously agreed to postpone the game.
MacLeod tweeted an encouraging update of his status after midnight on Monday.
“Feeling very blessed with all the love and support I’ve received,” said MacLeod. “I am feeling a lot better. Thank you everyone!”
Manning also tweeted his well wishes for MacLeod.
“Would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod and his family,” Manning tweeted. “Never had any intention of ever hurting another player. … Hope for a speedy recovery and see him back on the ice soon. Thoughts and prayers to him and his family.”
A native of Coquitlan, British Columbia, MacLeod played at Northeastern from 2007-11. He scored 61 goals and assisted on 76 more in 149 games for the Huskies, where he was an assistant captain in his senior season.