New York Islanders Daily: Prospect Ruslan Iskhakov Stretchered Off After Big Hit

By Matt O'Leary
HAMDEN, CT - FEBRUARY 20: A general view of the arena as the Yale Bulldogs play the Quinnipiac Bobcats on February 20, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Sports Complex in Hamden, Conneticute. Yale and Quinnipiac tied 3-3. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
HAMDEN, CT - FEBRUARY 20: A general view of the arena as the Yale Bulldogs play the Quinnipiac Bobcats on February 20, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Sports Complex in Hamden, Conneticute. Yale and Quinnipiac tied 3-3. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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New York Islanders second-round pick Ruslan Iskhakov was carted off the ice after taking a huge hit. It was a very scary moment in Connecticut.

In a game between the UConn and Quinnipiac hockey teams, there was an extremely scary moment in last night’s game that featured New York Islanders prospect, and 2018 second round pick Ruslan Iskhakov.

Ruslan, after just recently scoring his first career NCAA goal, was trying to carry the puck into the offensive zone before he was absolutely leveled.

The Quinnipiac defender left his feet and went up high on the five-foot-eight Iskhakov and left him down on the ice for minutes. Brogan Rafferty, who delivered the dirty hit received a five-minute major penalty for the hit.

Iskhakov was taken to the hospital immediately and there is no update on his condition at this time.

A scary moment indeed at any level, but it’s particularly tough to see at the collegiate level with young kids. Hits like this need to come out of the game and a suspension may be in order for Mr. Rafferty.

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