An 18-year-old hockey player who sustained serious head injuries during a game in Trenton, N.S. has been released from hospital on strict conditions.

The incident took place during a Junior B hockey game at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre between 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Sunday.

“One player was picking up a pass and the other player made contact with an elbow to the head,” said Darren Cossar of Hockey Nova Scotia.

The game between the Pictou County Scotians and the Glace Bay Junior Miners was only in the first period when the hit occurred.

Luke Spicer, of the Pictou County team, sustained serious head injuries and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

According to a post on the Pictou County Scotians Junior B Team’s Facebook page, Spicer has two bleeds as well as some swelling and bruising in his brain. He also has a joint sprain in his left shoulder and stitches in his head, as well as his lip and mouth.

The team says Spicer is stable, but will need therapy for both his brain and shoulder.

According to the Facebook post, Spicer has been released from hospital on strict conditions, including bedrest and refraining from returning to St. Francis Xavier University, where he is a student, until at least January.

“He is improving everyday but has a long road ahead of him,” says the team in its post.

Meanwhile, New Glasgow Regional Police are investigating the incident due to the severity of Spicer’s injuries. Police have received video of the game and are in the process of analyzing the video and interviewing witnesses.

The Glace Bay player involved in the incident was automatically kicked out of the game and suspended for three more games, under Hockey Nova Scotia’s code of discipline. However, due to the severity of Spicer’s injuries, the league has taken the extra step of suspending Jordan Breen indefinitely.