Kale Kessy in stable condition after getting KO’d in AHL fight

The American Hockey League had a scary moment Tuesday night, when Hershey Bears winger Kale Kessy was rushed to a local hospital after being knocked out during a fight.

Kessy is in stable condition and was released from the hospital Wednesday, the Bears said.

In a matchup between the Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, and the Carolina Hurricanes’ minor-league team, the Charlotte Checkers, Kessy dropped the gloves with defenseman Derek Sheppard in the second period of the game in Pennsylvania.

After taking off their helmets for the fight, the two exchanged punches before Kessy caught a hard right-handed punch from Sheppard in the face.

Kessy, 27, collapsed as a concerned Sheppard immediately waved for medical attention.

After staying down on the ice for around 10 minutes — witnesses said a lot of blood could be seen — Kessy was stretchered off and taken to the hospital.

Hershey team officials said Kessy “lost, but regained consciousness on the ice.”

“I would like to send my heartfelt thank you to Hershey Bears fans for their thoughts, prayers and support following my injury last night,” Kessy said in a statement Wednesday.

It was the sixth fight of the season for Kessy, a 2011 Coyotes draft pick, as the 6-foot-3, 212-pound forward has a team-leading 102 penalty minutes for Hershey this season.

The Bears went on to defeat the Checkers 6-1.

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