Remember Ryan Turek’s first-period penalty Sunday?

Apparently, it was an important one.

The set-up: It’s 5:02 into the Reign’s game against the Alaska Aces. Greg Hogeboom is driving the Alaska net. Turek, a defenseman for Alaska, makes contact with Hogeboom and both end up on the ice. Turek takes a much longer time to get up, and slowly makes his way toward the Alaska penalty box.

Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News takes it from here …

Turek figured something was amiss when he sat in the penalty box late Sunday afternoon in Ontario, Calif., and couldn’t track the puck as his Alaska Aces played the Ontario Reign. The problem wasn’t that Turek’s view was distorted by the plexiglass. He was looking through glassy eyes because he suffered a concussion on the play that landed him in the box for tripping.

“Everything was jittery and in slow motion,” the Aces defenseman recalled. “I knew something wasn’t right when I couldn’t follow the puck.”

Turek, a second-year pro, said he struggled with his equilibrium later in the period and dry heaved in the locker room during the first intermission. He was finished for the game, and now he is out indefinitely, which means he will sit out this weekend’s home series against the Bakersfield Condors.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.
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