Monday, November 21, 2005

Jiri Fischer collapses

Detroit Red Wings defenceman Jiri Fischer just collapsed on the bench during tonight's game and was taken off on a stretcher. It sounds very serious.

UPDATE I'm working on the news desk tonight, putting together The Globe's Sidney Crosby package for tomorrow's paper (Tuesday, Page A8, Crosby v. Ovechkin), so I didn't get a chance to make any updates. As I'm sure many readers are already aware, Fischer had a seizure on the bench and collapsed. He was given CPR and a defibrillator was used, after which he was taken to hospital and regained consciousness.

Tomorrow's paper has very strong picture displayed prominently of Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on the bench with paramedics working to resuscitate Fischer (now seen at right).

"His heart was stopped," Babcock said. "They hooked up the auto defibrillator and shocked him."

Scary stuff.

More bloggers weigh in here. (Any one know why my site's not showing up? The game was on here in the newsroom, and I must have had one of the first posts about it.) The wire story here.



At 8:53 p.m., November 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

reported just now (8:45) that he had a seizure on the bench. CPR was administered. he is currently stable at a local hospital. Wings communications guy appeared confident that all is well with Fischer.

At 9:18 p.m., November 21, 2005, Anonymous Kris B said...

That was scary.It's good that they canceled the game,I wouldnt expect any players to play on after that.It was pretty weird seeing that after just reading about what happened to Zholtok.

At 2:04 a.m., November 22, 2005, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

What an awful sight. First and foremost, I hope that Fischer gets better. But I also worry about my team. It's only eight years since the last time we lost the rest of the career of a talented, physical defenseman.

At 10:46 a.m., November 22, 2005, Blogger alan said...

Talk about a "great save!"


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