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Anaheim Ducks’ Justin Kirkland involved in car accident

Jan 6, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Justin Kirkland (54) skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks in the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks center Justin Kirkland was hospitalized after being involved in a car accident on his way to Sunday night’s game against the visiting Boston Bruins.

Kirkland, 26, has full mobility and has been communicating with family and teammates, according to the Ducks on Monday. The team added that it expected Kirkland to be released from UCI Health in 24 to 48 hours.

“We are thankful for the quick care and treatment Justin received from first responders and medical staff at UCI Health,” Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek said. “Justin is in great spirits, and we hope he will be released shortly.”

Kirkland signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ducks on July 14. He made his NHL debut with Anaheim on Dec. 20 and did not record a point while playing in seven games with the team.

Kirkland has totaled 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 19 games for the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League.

–Field Level Media