Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer
Ekblad, 20, is headed back to Florida and will miss the remainder of the World Cup of Hockey for Team North America, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by the Miami Herald.
Ekblad took a big hit during North America’s win over Finland on Sunday and sat out Monday’s 4-3 loss to Russia. North America is calling it an upper-body injury, but an NHL source said he was following league protocol by sitting out Monday’s game with symptoms consistent with a mild concussion.
Ekblad will be re-evaluated by doctors in Florida.
“He’s a huge piece of our team,” said Team North America captain Connor McDavid. “We miss him a lot, but it will be up to us to kind of march on without him.”