Phantoms Injury Update: Flyers prospect Danick Martel undergoes surgery after vicious hit

Danick Martel of the Flyers’ AHL-affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, is having nothing short of a career year. He’s third on the team with 26 points in 36 games and sits just two goals back of the league lead with 17. He’s managed to put up impressive numbers despite missing some time after joining the Flyers for a short stint earlier this year. He impressed in his first shot in the NHL and many fans would’ve liked to see him spend a bit more time with the team.

Despite his recent success, his standout season was put on hold Saturday night due to a blind-side hit he received from Hershey Bears’ player Colby Williams. The 22-year-old defenseman leveled Martel in open ice and made significant contact with his head. He was assessed a 10-minute match penalty and was immediately ejected from the game. Here’s a look at the hit:

Both Martel and Williams missed the Bears and Phantoms matchup the following night. Details on the specifics of Martel’s injury have been hard to come by but, according to Phantoms coach Scott Gordon, he underwent surgery Sunday morning for injuries sustained by the hit. No further details were provided but it’s reasonable to believe he may have a concussion and possibly a fractured jaw (nothing is confirmed at the time of this writing, though).

In regards to Williams and any further disciplinary action, he was forced to miss Sunday’s contest as the league hasn’t finished reviewing the hit to this point. He is “suspended” until they come to a final decision which could come as early as later today.

The entire situation is an ugly one and for Martel to miss significant time in such a breakout year would truly be a shame. Wishing him a speedy recovery and a fruitful end to his 2017-18 campaign. Updates to follow as more information is released.


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3 thoughts on “Phantoms Injury Update: Flyers prospect Danick Martel undergoes surgery after vicious hit

  1. Why doesn’t he nhl/AHL pose a new rule, besides the fines and match penalty, for a direct intent to injure, however Long the targeted player is out, so is the attacker. This way he realizes (hopefully) what he caused the other player to miss or possibly end his season/career. Stiffer penalties

  2. I watched the game on cable and as soon as it occured, it brought back memories of a similar hit the Flyer’s Pascal Laberge took from a goon named Malatesta a couple of seasons ago. This hit was uncalled for. Up until this point in the game, solid, clean play was the rule and both teams were playing a fast moving, solid defensive game. There were no fights, hardly any bad penalties, other than a few tripping calls and both teams were playing hard to win. This ugly hit came out of nowhere and was sickening. Hits like this and the players who deliver them, need to be removed from the game

    1. I absolutely agree, this is the type of hit that can change a player for the rest of their career. The AHL specifically has gotten a bit ridiculous with the borderline barbaric play in recent years. Career minor-leaguers will do anything to get noticed and get their chance to prove themselves at the next level. It’s become a breeding ground for old school tough guys who can’t keep up with the big league’s pace anymore. Just sad.

      Thanks for the read by the way! You know how much we appreciate your support.

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