Cedar Rapids had a 2-0 lead midway through the second period when the incident occurred. According to reports, Chanter's helmet came off during his fight and — after he was hit multiple times by the RoughRiders' Corey Petrash — lost his balance and fell before having a frightening seizure on the ice.
Jeffrey Johnson of the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported on the incident:
Chanter scrapped with Corey Petrash of the RoughRiders in the corner behind the Dubuque net. The 18-year-old from Armstrong, British Columbia, lost his balance and fell backward, hitting his helmetless head on the ice (dyed pink for a cancer promotion) and dislocating his left shoulder.
The crowd cheered until seeing Chanter begin to severely convulse. His full-body seizure lasted at least two minutes, as team trainers and the RoughRiders' team doctor rushed to him.
He remained on the ice until paramedics arrived on the scene roughly 15 minutes later.
Chanter was conscious and moving when taken from the arena. Dubuque assistant coach Oliver David said the player was in stable condition, with Fighting Saints head coach Matt Shaw with him at the hospital.
Fighting is allowed in the USHL, a league that includes players mainly aged 16 through 20, carrying the same five-minute major it does in the NHL. The league is the primary feeder for U.S. college hockey and has had numerous players drafted into the NHL.
This is sure to fire up the fighting debate again, but first and foremost Chanter's health is the most important thing. There was a good sign late Saturday night as the defenseman tweeted:
Wanted to let everyone know I'm awake and okay. Thank you so much for all your thoughts prayers. Nothing compares to the hockey community.
— Dylan Chanter (@dylanchanter) October 13, 2013