Dylan Chanter has watched the video which graphically shows his unconscious body convulsing after smashing his head on the ice during a fight on Saturday in a USHL game between the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
"I couldn't believe it was me," Chanter told The Dreger Report. "I don't think it was as bad as the video looks."
Understandably, Chanter's memory of the incident is sketchy. He says he remembers the initial stages of the tilt, but little else.
"I remember being strapped into the CT scan, really confused and thinking the hospital was part of the arena," he said. "My trainer said I was unconscious for two to three minutes."
Remarkably, Chanter is doing very well and says aside from some fatigue he feels normal and strong enough to get on a stationary bike later this week. But until he sees a neurologist (next Wednesday), he won't be able to predict a full return to the Fighting Saints lineup.
Chanter says this is his second concussion. His first suffered as a 16-year-old while playing in the BCHL with the Merritt Centennials and recalls the post-concussion symptoms then being far worse.
Now 18, he appreciates the interest this incident has generated, but, sees it as a "freak accident" and says he doesn't intend on changing his style.
"This is not going to stop me from fighting again," Chanter concluded.
The 6'3 defenceman who has committed to the NCAA's University of New Hampshire Wildcats was playing in just his second game of the season after returning from a broken collarbone suffered in the preseason.