Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman was injured in a collision with referee Chris Rooney.

Hedman collided with the veteran official during Sunday’s game against the Islanders in Brooklyn.



Rooney was skating backwards in the neutral zone, when he was run into the the blueliner. Hedman was watching the play to his right as he headed towards the Lightning bench.

Hedman left the game with, officially, an “upper body injury.”  Bolts coach Jon Cooper had no update on Hedman’s status after the game, but advised that he did not need to go through concussion protocol.

“Kind of an unfortunate situation,” said Cooper.


Rooney was not injured on the play.