Dubuque player recovering after fall during fight

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – A defenseman with the Dubuque Fighting Saints hurt during a game Saturday night in Cedar Rapids is back in Dubuque and recovering from his injuries.

The injury to Dylan Chanter resulted in the game being suspended after a decision from the team officials and the USHL office in Chicago, Ill.

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Dylan Chanter, Image courtesy of Dubuque Fighting Saints

Chanter was injured in the game between the Fighting Saints and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

Broadcaster/Coordinator of Media Relations Zach Fisch of the Fighting Saints said the injury happened during a fracas between Chanter and a Cedar Rapids player.

“Dylan was injured falling at the end of a fight with Cedar Rapids’ Corey Petrash with 11:58 left in the 2nd period,” Fisch said in an email.  “He hit his head on the ice. His helmet had been lost in the fight.”

Chanter was taken to a local hospital by ambulance and was treated.  Jeff Johnson of the Cedar Rapids Gazette also reported that Chanter had dislocated his left shoulder in the incident and was in full seizure after he hit the ice.

Paramedics took Chanter to a Cedar Rapids hospital and he was later airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in nearby Iowa City as a precaution.  Dubuque head coach Matt Shaw was with him on the trip to the hospital.

The Dubuque defenseman was later released and returned to Dubuque.

Fisch said the game was suspended at the moment play was stopped for the fight.  The teams are awaiting word from the league office about when it will be made up.

Chanter is an 18-year old player from Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada and was in his first season playing in the USHL.  He is committed to New Hampshire for his college hockey career.

Chanter had come to the USHL after two seasons with the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL.  There, he played in 109 games, scored 11 goals for 33 points and had 78 penalty minutes.  He was the Centennials’ Rookie of the Year after his first season and Most Promising Player last year.

The Fighting Saints drafted Chanter in the fifth round of this year’s USHL Entry Draft.  He was the 75th player chosen.

Chanter posted on his Twitter account (@dylanchanter) that he was fine and doing well.  “Wanted to let everyone know I’m awake and okay,” Dylan tweeted. “Thank you so much for all your thoughts (and) prayers. Nothing compares to the hockey community.”

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