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Toronto Marlies assistant coach Rob Davison suffers medical emergency, AHL game cancelled

Ahead of what was scheduled to be an American Hockey League Friday night matchup between the Toronto Marlies and Texas Stars, Marlies assistant coach Rob Davison suffered a medical emergency.

The incident happened in the visitor’s dressing room at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas, the Marlies said in a statement, and Davison was immediately transported to hospital.

Davison, 39, was being evaluated and will remain under medical supervision, the Marlies said.

“Following what happened tonight with Rob in front of our players and staff, I consulted with Laurence Gilman, Greg Moore and the leadership group of the Marlies,” Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said in a statement. “I was informed by the leadership group that the entire team was in a state of shock and not comfortable proceeding with tonight’s game. We fully support our players and staff in this matter.

“The Maple Leafs would like to thank the Stars’ medical team and the HEB Center staff for their urgent care.”

The Marlies forfeited the game, the American Hockey League said in a statement. 

Davison has been with the club since he was hired in July 2017. An NHLer of over 500 games, the former 4th round draft pick launched his coaching career in 2014-2015 with EC Salzburg of the EBEL. He spent two seasons there, before one year with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL.

No further update has been provided as of the time this article was published, but our thoughts are with the Davison family during this difficult time.

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