De Wit recalls scary situation of being hit in neck with puck

Initially, Jeff de Wit looked like a hard-luck victim, however the Red Deer Rebels second-year forward now considers himself fortunate. De Wit was struck on the right side of his neck by a clearing attempt from teammate Colton Bobyk while killing a penalty during Saturday’s 4-3 WHL win over the Kootenay Ice at the Centrium, and what followed was not pretty.

Initially, Jeff de Wit looked like a hard-luck victim, however the Red Deer Rebels second-year forward now considers himself fortunate.

De Wit was struck on the right side of his neck by a clearing attempt from teammate Colton Bobyk while killing a penalty during Saturday’s 4-3 WHL win over the Kootenay Ice at the Centrium, and what followed was not pretty.

The 17-year-old Red Deer product fell and then attempted to get back up on his skates, but was clearly unable to find his balance. He remained on the ice for close to 10 minutes while being attended to by paramedics and the Rebels training staff, then skated off under his own steam.

Barely.

“I went down on one knee to block a shot and it went past and hit the defenceman (Bobyk) behind me,” de Wit recalled Tuesday, following an off-ice workout session at Can-Pro Athletic Training Centre. “I turned to skate up out of the zone because our guy had full possession of it, then the puck hit me on the neck.

“I was short of breath and I had a lot of nerves shooting down the right side of my body, down my arms. I’m pretty lucky it hit me where it did, because any other place, like the throat or jaw, and it could have been a lot worse.”

While paramedics had a stretcher available to transport de Wit from the ice, he skated off slowly and was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital for precautionary measures.

“They let me skate off the ice, they wanted to make sure I was stable and that there nothing wrong with my spine,” said de Wit, who underwent a CAT scan at the hospital to check for possible air wave blockage and blood clotting.

The tests were negative and de Wit was allowed to go home.

“For what happened, I’m pretty lucky that the puck didn’t hit me somewhere else because it could have been pretty serious,” he said. “I’m going to watch the video tomorrow to see how close he (Bobyk) was to me. I know it was a hard shot.

“I had a tough time catching my breath. It was a really weird feeling because I wanted to get back up and skate off, but I was in that much pain and I couldn’t breathe.”

De Wit missed practice Monday but plans to skate today and should be in the lineup when the Rebels host the Spokane Chiefs Friday.

• Meanwhile, Evan Polei should also be available for Friday’s contest after missing Saturday’s contest due to concussion symptoms.

Polei was the victim of a high hit from Medicine Hat Tigers forward Ryan Jevne on Friday, a hit that earned Jevne a checking-to-the-head major penalty and game misconduct and, ultimately, a four-game suspension.

“It looks like he’s going to be OK to play Friday, as long as he continues to progress like he has been, ” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter. “Everything has been going good with the concussion protocol.”

• Forward Austin Adamson is at home in Vancouver undergoing rehab and therapy for hip surgery that was performed in June.

“He’s back skating and will have a check-up in November,” said Sutter. “At that time, we’ll evaluate where he’s at.”

Rebels

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Erika Fetterly, owner of EFP Studios, recently launched the Let Them Have A Voice campaign. (Contributed photo)
Central Alberta photographer’s campaign aims to give youths a voice

An Innisfail photographer is giving a platform to young central Albertans so… Continue reading

Chopped Canada-winning chef Pete Sok is trying to focus on the future as he reopens Boulevard Restaurant and Lounge in the Holiday Inn on Gasoline Alley during the pandemic. (Contributed photo)
Red Deer’s celebrity chef looks past the pandemic with new restaurant opportunity

Pete Sok is reopening Boulevard Restaurant — and betting on the future

The Red Deer Rebels hosted the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first game of the shortened 2020-21 season on Friday. The two teams faced off again in Medicine Hat Saturday (Photo by Rob Wallator/ Red Deer Rebels)
Red Deer Rebels fall to Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday

Tigers 7 Rebels 2 The Red Deer Rebels have lost two straight… Continue reading

Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)
Red Deer reports 25th COVID-19 death

415 new cases identified provincially Saturday

Red Deer science-communicating dogs Bunsen and Beaker helped save a missing pet recently. The two dogs have more than 80,000 followers on Twitter. (Contributed photo)
WATCH: Red Deer science dogs help save lost pet

Red Deer science-communicating dogs Bunsen and Beaker helped rescue a missing pet… Continue reading

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks during a news conference in Edmonton on Feb. 24, 2020. It’s budget day in the province, and Kenney’s United Conservative government is promising more help in the fight against COVID, but more red ink on the bottom line. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Premier slams vandalism after slur painted on MLA’s office window

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is condemning alleged vandalism at the… Continue reading

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Machin waits to appear at the Standing Committee on Finance on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Executives who engage in so-called "vaccine tourism" show both an ethical disregard for those less fortunate and a surprising lack of business acumen, experts argue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine tourism is both unethical and bad for business, experts say

Executives who engage in so-called “vaccine tourism” show both an ethical disregard… Continue reading

Edmonton Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi (13) and Toronto Maple Leafs' Justin Holl (3) battle in front as goalie Jack Campbell (36) makes the save during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, February 27, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
No Matthews, no problem: Minus NHL goal leader, Maple Leafs blank Oilers 4-0

Leafs 4 Oilers 0 EDMONTON — The Maple Leafs knew even with… Continue reading

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Pablo Rodriguez rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Gummed-up bills in House of Commons: harbinger of a federal election?

OTTAWA — All federal party leaders maintain they don’t want an election… Continue reading

The Pornhub website is shown on a computer screen in Toronto on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Pornhub policies reveal legal gaps and lack of enforcement around exploitive videos

OTTAWA — Serena Fleites was in seventh grade when a sexually explicit… Continue reading

Sean Hoskin stands on a neighbourhood street in Halifax on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Hoskin was diagnosed with COVID-19 almost a year ago with symptoms that still persist. Some provinces have established programs to deal with long-term sufferers but Atlantic Canada, with relatively low numbers of patients, has yet to provide a resource to assist them. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
On East Coast, exhausted COVID-19 ‘long haulers’ hope specialized clinics will emerge

HALIFAX — On evenings when Sean Hoskin collapses into bed, heart pounding… Continue reading

Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray (30) stands in his crease as Calgary Flames left wing Andrew Mangiapane (88), left to right, defenceman Rasmus Andersson (4), Matthew Tkachuk (19), Mikael Backlund (11) and Mark Giordano (5) celebrate a goal during second period NHL action in Ottawa on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Calgary Flames beat Ottawa 6-3 to end Senators’ three-game win streak

Flames 6 Senators 3 OTTAWA — The Calgary Flames used a balanced… Continue reading

Crosses are displayed in memory of the elderly who died from COVID-19 at the Camilla Care Community facility during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on November 19, 2020. The number of people who would have died from a COVID-19 infection is likely to be much higher than recorded because of death certificates don't always list the virus as the cause of a fatality, experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Death certificates don’t accurately reflect the toll of the pandemic, experts say

The number of people who would have died from a COVID-19 infection… Continue reading

Most Read