Thrashers Pavelec out of hospital after collapsing on ice
Atlanta goaltender Ondrej Pavelec was released from hospital after two days of testing followed his scary on-ice collapse just 2:25 into the Thrashers’ season-opening game against the Washington Capitals on Friday night.
“I want to thank all the doctors, trainers and emergency personnel who took such good care of me,” Pavelec said in a release from the team. “I would also like to thank my teammates, all the fans and everyone in the hockey community who have reached out to me and offered their support and well-wishes over the last few days.”
According to the release preliminary tests of his heart and brain show Pavelec, who was rushed to hospital after failing to regain consciousness even as he was being taken off the ice on a stretcher, had a neurocardiogenic syncope episode. In layman’s terms, he had a fainting spell, though after watching him crumple to the ice and learning he was out between 11 to 13 minutes, most observers feared much worse for the 23-year-old.
Pavelec did suffer a concussion when he hit his head on the ice as he fell backwards to the ice, and will undergo further testing to his heart, blood and genetics before being cleared to play.
“I hope to be back in action as soon as possible,” Pavelec said.
Free agent addition Chris Mason, who took over after Pavelec went down and made 29 saves in a 4-2 win over the Capitals, will take over the No.1 duties as the Thrashers embark on a four-game road trip. Veteran minor leaguer Drew MacIntyre has been called up from the AHL to back up.
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