ANAHEIM, Calif. — Anaheim forward Justin Kirkland was hospitalized overnight after being involved in a car accident on his way to the Ducks’ game against the Boston Bruins on Sunday night.
The Ducks announced Monday that Kirkland remains under evaluation but has full mobility and is communicating with his family and with visiting teammates. They expect Kirkland to be discharged from the hospital within the next two days.
“We are grateful for the prompt care and treatment Justin received from the UCI Health first responders and medical staff,” said Anaheim General Manager Pat Verbeek. “Justin is in the best of spirits and we hope he will be released shortly.”
The 26-year-old forward made his NHL debut on Dec. 20 with the Ducks, who signed him as a free agent last summer. He was a third-round pick from Nashville in the 2014 draft and has spent most of the past six seasons in the AHL on affiliates for the Predators and Calgary Flames.
Kirkland has played seven games for the runners-up Ducks this season and is scoreless with a minus-3 rating.
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