Beyond The Benches

Senators Release Concussion Statement On MacArthur

The Ottawa Sentators have announced that Clarke MacArthur will be evaluated daily after the forward suffered a concussion.

“He’s one of my closest friends in the game of hockey, and when you see that happen, it’s tough to even stand here and talk about it … It’s tough when I see a real good friend and teammate, a big part of the team, there on the ice the way that he was,” defenseman Dion Phaneuf told reporters Sunday.

MacArthur was checked against the boards and dropped to the ice at the Canadian Tire Centre at the annual Sens Fan Fest. MacArthur dealt with a concussion last year where he missed all but four in the 2015-16 season.

This is the second Senator player to be diagnosed with a concussion in three days after Mark Stone was diagnosed and the Senators released a statement on Saturday.

“We’re a team, and you feel when your teammates are hurt, injured,” Phaneuf said. “You feel that, especially a hit like that. You see it, and it affects everybody. … We’re human. We feel for guys when things like that happen and it was no different today.”

SportsNetCanada released a video of the hit on MacArthur on Sunday evening.