DUBUQUE, IA—Less than a month after sustaining an injury from a scary fall to the ice, Dubuque defenseman Dylan Chanter is ready to return to the lineup. The Fighting Saints announced today that they have activated Chanter from the 25-day injured reserve list, making him eligible to play in the team's games this weekend in Muskegon. To open a roster space for Chanter, the Fighting Saints will return Jake Bushey to Kenai River of the NAHL.
"It's a great feeling to be back," said Chanter. "I'm really excited to be back and get going. I couldn't give enough thanks to our trainer Sean Murdoch as well as all the staff in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. They did a fantastic job, and my neurologist couldn't have been a better guy. I'm excited to get back in the lineup. I really can't wait to be in the dressing room before a game and know I am about to play."
On October 12 in Cedar Rapids, Chanter sustained a serious injury with 11:58 remaining in the game's second period. With Dubuque trailing Cedar Rapids 2-0, Chanter engaged in a fight with RoughRiders forward Corey Petrash. At the end of the fight, Chanter lost his balance, falling backwards, and striking his head on the ice. Chanter's helmet had come off during the altercation, and following his bare head hitting the ice, he suffered a seizure. Fighting Saints athletic trainer Sean Murdoch, as well as the training staff, and doctors on site in Cedar Rapids, immediately attended to Chanter. An ambulance was called, and Chanter had regained consciousness when he left the arena to be taken to a nearby hospital. Following Chanter's injury, the game was suspended and will conclude November 12 in Cedar Rapids.
Chanter had sustained a concussion from the fall. After undergoing a series of tests, and being flown to Iowa City to be examined by a neurologist, Chanter was released from the hospital later that night, and returned to Dubuque to rest with his housing family. Chanter's mother was able to travel to Dubuque to tend to Dylan in the days following the injury, and the medical attention Chanter received allowed him to recover quickly.
Once he was cleared to practice around two weeks ago, Chanter rejoined his teammates on the ice. He has been practicing with the team at full contact recently and is ready to return to game action.
"We are excited to get Dylan back," said Head Coach and General Manager Matt Shaw. "We wanted to make sure that all medical issues were behind him and he was cleared to play. He has been cleared, and he's been practicing with us for about a week and a half. It's time for him to get back in the game and he's looking forward to being back on the ice at game pace. We are very excited to have him."
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