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NHL ref struck by puck, helped off ice

Rooney went down after the puck hit him, but did leave the ice under his own power.
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DENVER (AP)

NHL referee Chris Rooney was helped off the ice after being hit by a puck after a shot by Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak deflected off the skate of Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny on Monday night.

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The puck appeared to carom off the head of Rooney, who stayed down for quite some time behind the Avalanche net. A stretcher was brought out, but Rooney slowly got up and was assisted off the ice.

Rooney was hit just 3 minutes into the game and with the Stars leading 1-0. There was no immediate update on his injury.

With Rooney gone, the lone referee was Justin St. Pierre, along with two linesmen.

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