By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
Jayce Hawryluk of the Brandon Wheat Kings was rushed to hospital after collapsing following the Wheat Kings 5-4 defeat of the Regina Pats in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.
Hawryluk, from Roblin, Man., recorded a hat-trick in the game and added an assist for a heroic four-point night in Brandon’s Westman Arena and was given first star honours for his efforts.
Wheat King’s head coach and general manager, Kelly McCrimmon said that Hawryluk was taken to hospital after the game.
“While concerned, the club believes it is not serious,” McCrimmon told the club’s official Twitter account. “Until we have more information, we cannot pinpoint the cause. Jayce is resting comfortably.”
The 18-year-old led the Wheat Kings in scoring this season with 64 points and won gold last summer at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, representing Team Canada.
Hawryluk is projected to go in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, ranking 42nd in the NHL’s Central Scouting Service rankings among North American skaters.