Avalanche's Artturi Lehkonen Taken To Hospital After Scary Hit

In Thursday night's game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Seattle Kraken, forward Artturi Lehkonen was taken to the hospital after a harrowing incident on the ice.

During the second period, Lehkonen endured a frightening head-first collision into the boards following a collision with Kraken defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, a towering figure at 6-foot-7 and 257 pounds.

The force of the impact left Lehkonen in need of immediate assistance from trainers as he was carefully helped off the ice.

While the initial moments were filled with concern, there was a collective sigh of relief when the Avalanche later reported that Lehkonen was "alert, responsive, and has full movement."

So far this season, the 28-year-old has scored three goals and eight total points across 12 games played.

The entire hockey community, along with fans and teammates, will anxiously await further updates on Lehkonen's condition and hope for his speedy and complete recovery. Photo Credit:  Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports