Phantoms LW Klotz released from hospital

Jan 24, 2009 - 10:06 PM PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Philadelphia Phantoms left wing Garrett Klotz, who suffered a seizure during Friday's 2-1 victory over the Manchester Monarchs, was released from University of Pennsylvania Hospital on Saturday afternoon.

Klotz suffered multiple facial lacerations and went into a seizure as a result of a fight just two seconds into Friday's contest, the Phantoms said.

The team reported that Klotz received stitches to close a cut but is otherwise feeling no ill effects from the incident. He will undergo a follow-up evaluation by team doctors on Monday and is expected to make a full recovery.

"It was a scary ordeal," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet. "But he is going to be OK."

Klotz and Manchester's Kevin Westgarth dropped their gloves right after the opening faceoff of Friday's game. The 6-5, 247-pound Westgarth got the better of the battle, landing three straight shots to the face to send Klotz to the ice.

The 20-year-old Klotz, who is 6-5, 235 pounds, began shaking uncontrollably, and his eyes rolled to the back of his head. The native of Regina, Saskatchewan was carried off the ice on a stretcher and taken to the hospital, where he was kept overnight for observation and further testing.

A third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2007, Klotz has recorded one assist and 54 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Phantoms this season.

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