Red Wings defenseman remains hospitalized

Fischer suffers seizure on the bench

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Fear gave way to relief at Joe Louis Arena when Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench and was revived after his heart stopped.

Fischer suffered a seizure Monday night, just moments after leaving the ice on a shift change following a goal by Nashville's Greg Johnson.

The arena fell silent as medical personnel rushed to the bench when the Red Wings frantically alerted officials to stop the game. CPR was administered by team physician Dr. Tony Colucci before the 25-year-old native of the Czech Republic was removed on a stretcher.


"They hooked up the auto defibrillator and shocked him," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

But by the time Fischer arrived at the hospital, he had improved so much that he was talking and described as being in good spirits when visited by his teammates.

"He'll be here in the hospital the next two days undergoing some further testing," team spokesman John Hahn said.

The game was called off with 7:30 left in the first period. No makeup date was immediately announced.

The only two NHL games that were played to completion Monday night were decided by shootouts. Edmonton topped slumping San Jose 2-1, and Calgary edged Colorado 3-2.

Fischer logged 4 minutes, 52 seconds of playing time -- covering six shifts. He recorded one hit and was on the ice when Johnson scored the game's only goal. That occurred just 1:02 before the game was halted.

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