Canucks GM says Boychuk used a ‘can opener’ on Raymond

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk “used a can opener and drove [Mason Raymond] with enough force into the boards to break his back.”

Raymond was taken to a hospital in Boston after Boychuck’s hit on the Canucks’ winger 21 seconds into Game 6 at TD Garden Monday night.

“That’s what I saw,” Gillis said. “I don’t have much more to say about it other than that observation.”

Gillis said there was some initial concerns that Raymond would not walk again after it was discovered his vertebrae had been broken. However, he wasn’t taken off the ice by a stretcher Monday likely because he began to move his feet and from what he was telling the Canucks’ trainers at the time. He noted that there’s still some uncertainty.

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“If we get Mason Raymond back by November of next year we’ll be very happy,” Gillis said.

Raymond will be moved from Boston back to Vancouver either Wednesday or Thursday after he’s fitted for a brace, said Gillis.