The Buffalo Sabres 3-on-3 tournament at the team's development camp at HarborCenter Tuesday morning came to a temporary halt in the elimination round.
Michael Campoli was hit into the boards by William Carrier. He went to the ice, tried to get up, but immediately went back down.
The players were sent off the ice as the training staff worked on Campoli to stabilize his neck. The Buffalo Fire Department was called and took him off the ice and to the hospital.
Campoli tweeted he was released from the hospital and is doing well later in the day.
"Thanks for all the get well wishes! I'm out of the hospital and feeling good! Big thanks to the
@BuffaloSabres organization," Campoli tweeted.
There were positive signs for his health when he left the HarborCenter. He was sitting up while being rolled off on a stretcher and Sabres general manager Tim Murray said he was responsive while leaving the ice.
"You take every precaution on a play like that," Murray said. "He was obviously speaking and joking a little bit. He was moving his extremities. I'm sure I'll hear back shortly."
"I didn't feel it was a dirty hit," Rochester Americans head coach Dan Lambert said. "I just thought Will Carrier is a big heavy guy. He put his body into it, and it was unfortunate."
Campoli is wheeled off. Sitting up is likely a good sign. Sabres pic.twitter.com/h44HQtgJfj
— Mike Harrington (@BNHarrington) July 12, 2016
Campoli (6-2, 192) is a camp invitee from the USNDT. He is scheduled to be a freshman at Boston College this fall.