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Coyotes’ Klesla leaves ice on stretcher after hit by Kings’ Nolan

Sep 15, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT


Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla was taken off the ice on a stretcher on Sunday after a big hit by Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan.

Updates: It appears that Klesla is suffering from a neck injury, according to Fox Sports Arizona’s Craig Morgan. Morgan reports that he’s alert but remains immobilized. He’s expected to be taken to a nearby hospital.

Klesla, 31, raised his hand while being carted off, according to various reports. Video of the check isn’t available at this time, so here’s a description of the situation from Fox Sports Arizona.

Klesla fell to the ice and his leg twitched for a moment before he lay motionless. With the team’s medical staff attending to him, Klesla was strapped to a stretcher and taken off the ice. No word was available immediately on his condition, but as he left the ice he raised his left hand to tell the crowd he was OK and was greeted with cheers. 

Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette fought Nolan immediately after the 24-year-old forward left the penalty box after serving a roughing penalty he received thanks to an exchange with Martin Hanzal following the hit.

PHT will provide an update regarding Klesla’s condition and share video (if it surfaces) when that information becomes available.

(Photo via the Coyotes’ Twitter page.)

  1. stevebass2 - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Sickening. Classless kings players out solely to injure. It’s disgusting. Vicious, uncalled for hit. (yes, I was at the game).

    • stevebass2 - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      The story doesn’t even mention that Nolan was TAUNTING klesla and other coyotes players after the hit. This is the sort of trash the league doesn’t need.

      • jtrain1966 - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        I hope Bissonette stomped his ass !

      • sabatimus - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Reminds me of Trevor Gillies, who is thankfully out of the NHL.

    • yotes221 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      I was sitting 20 feet from it – it was similar to the Torres/Hossa hit – The Kings are a dirty franchise and several of their guys were out there looking to play cheap.

      ON the other hand, how good did Max Domi look tonight? wow

      • stevebass2 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:32 AM

        There were a lot of positives on the ice tonight, but that hit better have some consequences for Nolan and the classless kings

      • pirovash88 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Kings’ are a dirty franchise? LOL! Speaking of dirty, it’s really easy to forget how dirty your players are when something like this happens. Let’s not forget Mike Smith’s whack on Dustin Brown in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

      • bquinzon - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        It was nowhere near the likes of the Torres/Hossa hit, what team was Torres playing for when that occured?

    • bauxjangles - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      It’s hard to take you guys seriously in your comments about the hit. You were there and I’m guessing you guys aren’t kings fans by the sound of it hah

    • bquinzon - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      The League calls it a good hit, finish your checks gentlemen…that’s what they are taught. It is unfortunate that an injury occured but that is the chance they take when they picked this profession, it’s a contact sport, what was he suppose to do??? Pull out, remember, he’s playing for a roster spot…no position is gauranteed on the squad, especially for a 3rd year.

    • coothouse - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      What about that hit was not completely clean?
      It was a classy check in open ice on a puck carrier
      With the puck on his stick. Heads up is rule number 1.
      Hope he is ok and back soon.

  2. areaman714 - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    On one hand, Nolan is a worthless douche. On the other hand, because he is a worthless douche, any opposing team of the wants him on the ice . . . he has no measurable value as a hockey player . . .

    • bquinzon - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      Looks like someone doesn’t understand the reason for using 4 lines in a hockey game… No measurable value for a hockey player? I beg to differ, Nolan’s sole purpose is to be a momentum changer, he does the things that your All Star can’t afford to do. He is willing to put a target on his back in order to distract the opposing teams focus, and every team in the league would love to have him. Why? He is young, big, strong and fast. He can mix it up in the corners , pound you in the boards and in open ice and has enough skill to bury the puck in the back of the net. He is not a super star and does not demand an outrageous salary but is worth every cent he is being paid and will do whatever he is told to do. If you are looking to remove the physical play out of hockey, I suggest you start watching figure skating

  3. blomfeld - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    The game itself becomes immaterial when unfortunate things like this happen … therefore our prayers for this man

    • babykaby - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:11 AM

      Everyone who has ever read any of your comments knows you have no feelings for anyone. A large number of us see right through your false expressions of compassion. Yours is a heart that is filled with unwarranted hatred.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        that’s a bit harsh. a bit of a nut, yeah. full of hatred? i doubt it. i entertain the idea that I could be proven wrong on that though. there’s plenty of past blomfeld comments, i guess.

      • ron05342 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        “A large number” ??

        I count two thumbs down and 21 up. Obviously, you have it wrong. Imbecile.

  4. kingsforever - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    First off Jordan Nolan can actually play hockey unlike other enforcers.

    Second, when your the biggest and meanest team you can push around whoever you want. As Americans we understand this logic with our military

    • stevebass2 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      This is a sick and almost deranged comment and you should probably be ashamed of yourself for writing it.

      • ron05342 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:51 AM

        You pull on the tiger’s tail with an unnecessary, trolling, and antagonizing comment like “classless Kings” and then you start crying because someone called you on it.

        Get a spine, dude.

      • bauxjangles - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        You want to see classless, look for Shane Doan in the handshake line up when the Coyotes get knocked out of the playoffs.

      • blizmist - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        I will be looking for “Sir gets away with everything” Brown when the yotes put him on the stretcher for encouraging this stuff to begin with. Brown started this whole rivalry. I hate to see injury a but the kings are looking more and more like they deserve it. Not to mention the kigs fans (you inperticular) antagonizing every single yotes fan on here.

      • pirovash88 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM


        I stopped taking you seriously when you called us “Kigs” fans and when you actually thought “in particular” was one word, not to mention, you misspelled it..

      • bauxjangles - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        So when they put Sir Brown on a stretcher, I’ll look for you to admit what a classless organization the coyotes have become. And when was it okay for fans to wish injury on a franchise? That’s why you shouldn’t post on heated topics when you are on your period…say things you regret

    • blizmist - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Biggest and meanest team out there? So you admit your players are “Mean” and hit “Mean” the hits are not big hits. They are cheap shots. The coyotes from what I have watched (every single game front the start of that western conference finals.) are not even the ones forcing it out. The yotes come out calm and collective then a massive hit happens that was uncalled for and the yotes react prefect in my opinion. From what I understand the guy left his skates. That is an automatic suspension in itself. Now if the injury is career threatening then we may see Nolan here be out for more than a few games. I have seen people complaining on other sites that he should not be suspended at all for anyone who thinks he shouldn’t be. You my friend don’t know hockey. Tores had what 10 games+? Yes he was a repeat offender and I know nothing about Nolan’s past. But (again) from what I understand he broke two rules. One inknownis rule 48 targeting the head. The other is skates leaving the ice for a hit. Don’t know the rule number but that’s 2 major rules that should lead to a nice suspension. And anyone who says the name “cRyotes” same can be said when you guys lose the conference finals to a bunch of douche bags out for blood. This is no longer a minor issue the kings/yotes rivalry is becoming the biggest rivalry in hockey. I have forgot about the red wings as most yotes fans to focus on the LA Douches.

      Enjoy the season everyone. Because Nolan sure wont.

      • bquinzon - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        Looks like Mr Nolan will be able to enjoy the season. Clean hit according to the league. He did not leave his feet until after contact was made with no intent on using his elbow to strike his head. Classless, please, just a guy fighting for a roster spot and finishing his check just like every hockey player is taught to do.

    • areaman714 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      you lost all credibility with your “First off Jordan Nolan can actually play hockey . . .” comment . . .

      • bauxjangles - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        The guy could actually play, whether he still can or not has yet to be seen.

  5. alswingman - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Both Klesla and Nolan play a rough game. Unfortunate injury, let’s hope it does not end the guy’s career.

  6. kingsfan93 - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    For those of you talking trash about the Kings being a classless team and etc.. are just mad because you are the CRYOTES BANDWAGON FANS.

    Nolan with a possible ONE dirty hit doesn’t make him a Raffi Torres (that was once on the CRYOTES).

    So get real people.

    • ejbigg - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:12 AM

      Kings fan calling Coyotes fans band wagoners is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.

      Before you come back and say you’ve been a Kings fan for X amount of years, well maybe the Coyotes fans commenting here have been loyal fans as well. Don’t judge.

      • bauxjangles - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        They don’t have fans at all, let alone band wagoners. The only reason people were at the game was probably because they gave away tickets an hour before the game.

      • blizmist - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        Coyotes haven’t been to the finals ever. I don’t know who your calling bandwagoners. I never have seen a kings jersey in my life until they won the cup so go somewhere else with this bandwagon crap

    • ironyisadeadscene - Sep 16, 2013 at 7:07 AM

      cryotes? really?

      • ibieiniid - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        lol might not be accurate or even original, but I thought that was actually the only clever part about what he said.

        how could they have bandwagon fans when they haven’t even been to the cup finals? any fans they have, in my opinion are pretty loyal. not to mention, it kinda takes more than 17 years of existing to call fans of a team bandwagon fans.

  7. blackhawksdynasty - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    For all the “classless” comments, let’s try to remember that EVERY team has at least one classless player… and many fans who fall into that category. But you can’t paint them all with the same brush. Most hockey players (and many fans) actually have way more class than you would find in the other pro sports in America. I haven’t seen the play so I can’t (shouldn’t) comment on the hit.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      ***Canada too, sorry*** : )

    • coonskinhockey - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      I have to say, the best comment on here comes from a Blackhawks fan who refuses to comment until he sees the hit.


  8. DED - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    What bothers me is that we’re only in the first week of PRE-season and we’re already getting injuries like this. What does entail for the regular season?

    • blomfeld - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM


      Hate to say it, but I fear that this may be the ‘worst’ year ever for injuries? And I can only see it getting even worse from there, at least until they go to a larger ice surface. You can’t keep cramming ever-expanding energy (players) into a finite mass (current NHL rink size) without something giving. This is no different than someone continually inflating a balloon and then being upset when it suddenly bursts.


      Modern NHL rink specifications originate from the ice surface of the Victoria Skating Rink in Montréal, constructed in 1862, where the first indoor game was played in 1875. Its ice surface measured 62.2 metres (204 ft) × 24.3 metres (80 ft). The curved corners are considered to originate from the design of the Montreal Arena, also in Montreal, constructed in 1898.

  9. faulkingallstar - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    how can you guys say it was a dirty hit and call the guy classless when half of you haven’t even seen the hit… It seems like most of you are very quick to assume or just hate the kings.

    • yotes221 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Saw the hit, was sitting 20 feet from it. WAS dirty. How can you say the hit wasn’t dirty if you weren’t there?

      • sabatimus - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM


      • blizmist - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        No video yet, thus no replay yet.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        i missed the part where he said he wasn’t dirty.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM


      • bauxjangles - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Oh that makes all the difference in the world. You were sitting twenty feet from it in your coyotes jersey, clearly you have all the answers, YOTES 221. I’d rather form an opinion about it seeing nothing whatsoever than just take your word for it. I’ll wait for the possible replay video that’s out there. At least that won’t be a biased homer.

    • yotes221 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      @bsauxjangles – try reading the media reports, and not just what Kings players say. LA Journalists said it was dirty.

      You’re the homer, Kings Fan. And people hate the Kings more from their fans than the team itself. You’re a douchebag throwing out opinions on things you didn’t see

      • pirovash88 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Post a link to LA Journalists saying it was a dirty hit, or it’s a bunch of bs coming from someone with “Yotes” in their name.

        Steve – I don’t see the words “dirty or “dangerous” in that quote.

      • buffetchicken - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        Evidence please? After all your name is “yotes221”, therefore rendering anything you say on the subject highly questionable…

      • bauxjangles - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        People hate the kings fans more than the team, huh? I think by people you are referring to coyotes fans and you are just pissed because kings fan won’t let you guys forget that you started the dirty play in the playoffs and the kings still kicked your ass. Plus the coyotes suck so you guys are bitter about everything.

  10. stevebass2 - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Saw a replay of the Nolan hit. Springboarded towards Klesla; left his feet after hit. His shoulder appeared to catch Klesla under his chin.— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) September 16, 2013

    may i refer you all to @lakingsinsider who noted that even he thought the hit looked dirty and dangerous.

    • buffetchicken - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Am I missing something or are we just inferring from a Twitter post? No mention of it being dirty. In fact, he says he didn’t leave his feet which counters the “dirty” argument you just lost. He might be implying it was dangerous, that’s it. Go look up semantics before you post something that unequivocally makes you look silly.

  11. Anoesis - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Live by the sword, die by the sword. Nolan’s hit probably deserves a suspension, if reports are true. Apparently it wasn’t obviously illegal enough to warrant more than a two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

    Phoenix fans complaining about something their team is known for doing smacks of hypocrisy. At this point all I can do is hope the teams play hockey the next time they meet instead of trying to kill each other.

  12. proudliberal85392 - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    bauxjangles: A Kings fan once told me Kings fans are only a half-step above Raider fans. I think he was being charitable.

    • bauxjangles - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:18 AM

      And I don’t think he was a kings fan either. Was he from Anaheim?

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