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Hurricanes GM Don Waddell releases statement after Calvin de Haan high-sticking incident; Canes Recall Fleury

The 27-year-old defenseman is hoping to make a full recovery after Monday night’s scary incident in Denver.

Jamie Kellner

On Monday night, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Calvin de Haan got hit in the eye with a stick blade on the follow-through of a shot from Colorado Avalanche forward Alexander Kerfoot.

De Haan left the game immediately and did not return. He went to a Denver-area hospital to receive further evaluation and treatment before flying back to Raleigh with the team.

Today, Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell released the following statement:

“Calvin sustained an injury to his right eye last night, but was released from the hospital in time to make the flight home with the team. At this point, his eye is responding as we would hope. We are optimistic that he will make a normal recovery without restrictions to his ability to play hockey in the near future.”

De Haan is out indefinitely.

Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 3, Calvin de Haan has skated in 67 of Carolina’s 68 games this season. He has one goal and 14 points with a plus-3 rating with the Hurricanes. He is under contract through the 2021-22 season at an average annual cap hit of $4.55 million.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled defenseman Haydn Fleury from the Charlotte Checkers on an emergency basis. The Hurricanes will close out their three-game road trip on Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets before hosting the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.


Defenseman has tallied five points in 23 AHL games this season

Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled defenseman Haydn Fleury from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis.

Fleury, 22, has posted five points (2g, 3a) in 22 AHL games with Charlotte and one assist in 14 NHL games with Carolina this season. The 6’3”, 208-pound defenseman has registered 34 points (11g, 23a) in 96 career AHL games and nine assists in 81 career NHL games. The Carlyle, Sask., native was drafted by the Hurricanes in the first round, seventh overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft.