Winnipeg Jets’ Bryan Little put on injured reserve after puck to the head

Bryan Little is back on the injured reserve, the Winnipeg Jets say.

The 31-year-old centreman, who missed the first nine games of this season with a concussion, was sent to a hospital neurological unit Tuesday evening after a puck from a hard, rising slapshot hit him in the side of the head.

Little was circling behind the Devils’ net when teammate Nikolaj Ehlers blasted a one-timer from the point during the third period of a game in Winnipeg against the New Jersey Devils.

Little collapsed to the ice and pulled off his helmet as blood ran down his hand and onto the ice.

After a few minutes on his knees, Little got to his feet with help from Ehlers and the Jets’ trainer.

He was then rushed to St. Boniface Hospital where he received 25-30 stitches, then transferred to the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre’s neurological unit for further observation.

The Jets have recalled 22-year-old forward Joona Luoto from the Manitoba Moose, they said Thursday.

Little left in the third period of Winnipeg’s loss to the Devils. 0:27