It is always painful to see an athlete lying on the ground, not moving. Even more so when an auto defibrillator has to be used to revive him. And it’s downright horrifying when the athlete in question is one of your favorite players on your favorite team.
On Monday night, during a game against the Nashville Predators, Red Wings’ defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed in a heap on the Detroit bench. Because no pulse was detected by the team physician, an auto defibrillator had to be used in order to restart his heart. He was then taken away on a stretcher and driven to a local hospital. His condition has apparently stabilized, but his future in hockey is still unknown at this time.
According to the USA Today:
Fischer was diagnosed with a heart abnormality in September 2002, causing him to miss two days of practice. The problem was found on an electrocardiogram as part of a routine battery of tests during the Red Wings’ preseason physicals.
So, this may not be a little bump in the road for Fischer. It could very well be indicative of a serious medical condition, one that might put an end to his playing career.
Fischer is a six-foot-five, 25-year old Czech. He has played his entire NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings. He was off to a fine start this season, with eight points (three of them goals), and his +/- was a plus-eight.
The most important thing, of course, is that he fully recovers from this terrifying incident and is able to live a long, healthy life. But I’m also hoping he is able to get back on the ice for the Red Wings soon. And I’m sure he fully agrees with that sentiment.