Sharks prospect Kellman leaves Barracuda game on stretcher

Joel Kellman

The Sharks' organization got a major scare Sunday night.

San Jose Barracuda forward Joel Kellman was taken off on a stretcher during the first period of the AHL affiliate's game against the Abbotsford Canucks on Sunday after taking a hit to the head from Canucks winger Vincent Arseneau. 

Arseneau was given a five-minute match penalty for the dangerous hit. Kellman, luckily, remained awake and responsive.

After seeing their teammate go down, the Barracuda responded both physically and on the scoreboard, tying the game at 1-1 on Evan Weinger's goal in the second period.

The game ultimately went to a shootout, with the Barracuda prevailing for a 3-2 win. The team dedicated the victory to Kellman in a Twitter post.

The Mercury News' Curtis Pashelka reported Sunday night that Kellman sustained a concussion, but that he will be able to fly back with the team to the Bay Area on Monday.

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Kellman, 27, has appeared in 38 total games with the Sharks over the last two seasons, including seven in 2020-21.