WEST HARTFORD — The Hall-Southington hockey camp was staying pretty tight-lipped on the devastating facial injury suffered by captain Drew Booth as it took the ice at Veterans Memorial Rink on Monday night for its regular-season finale against Sheehan.
Booth, injured on Saturday, underwent surgery on Monday morning.
“All I know is that he is out of surgery,” said Hall-Southington coach Brian Cannon. “It was a six-hour procedure.”
Booth took a hit in the corner of the rink Saturday when the Warrior-Knights faced cross-town West Hartford rival Conard. Booth went down on the ice clutching his head. He was also bleeding and departed right away for the hospital.
The injuries ended up being much worse than anticipated.
“There’s a lot of concern,” said Cannon. “A lot of different people — and not just connected to this team — have been in contact with school administrators. There’s a lot of upset people … because of what happened there. It was so unnecessary. It was so avoidable.”
Booth suffered two broken eye sockets and a broken nose, according to the Hall-Southington Twitter account. The account tweeted hours later that Booth would need to go into a six hour neurosurgery to help him recover.
“I got a text from his mom and I replied and haven’t heard back,” Cannon said before Monday’s game.
He checked his phone again. “I don’t have a reply from Mrs. Booth.”
Players from Sheehan and from teams all over the state have showed their support for Hall-Southington and the Booth family since Saturday. The hashtag #Prayfor9, Booth’s uniform number, was widespread.
“Tough loss ... we have your back and we’ll win for you. You’ll alays be our captain!” tweeted the Warrior-Knights.