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Sask. baby hit in head by puck at hockey game recovering well

03/04/2015 09:45 EST | Updated 05/04/2015 05:59 EDT
A six-months-old baby is home and recovering well after suffering a blow to the head from a puck at a Swift Current Broncos game Saturday.

Stetson Zacharias was sitting on the lap of his mother, Brianna, at the game when he was struck with the puck.

"I felt sick to my stomach, but the EMTs were very reassuring and I knew he was in good hands," the mother said. 

Luckily, the child only suffered a small skull fracture. Doctors monitored him overnight on Saturday and determined he was doing well enough to go home.

"It was very relieving to know he was okay," Brianna said.

She told CBC News she was sitting near the edge of the rink and the safety net doesn't go all the way around the rink.

"I think that parents just need to watch their children closely. I don't think this is something that happens often, but maybe a security net needs to be brought up."

Broncos respond

Brianna told CBC News that in the days following, the team followed up with her to make sure Stetson was okay. It even sent him a get well gift

"The players got together and suggested that they sign up a jersey and send that off to the family, which I thought was a really classy gesture," said Ryan Switzer, communications and digital media manager for the Broncos,

Switzer said the organization will look at what improvements can be made to make the game safer for fans.

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