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One Year Later?  Huh?

Maybe the Deep Diggers got together in Edmonton, or on the plane back, and made a conscious decision. There had to be some sort of consensus, because while they've been generally apathetic and lazy before...this would be monumental, even for them. It's November 21st, 2006: exactly one year after Jiri Fischer collapsed, died for thirty seconds, and was brought back to life at Joe Louis Arena. And there is not a single mention of it in the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press or MLive.




Woops. I’m sorry. I missed a reference in the Free Press.  Helene St. James mentions him in a story on Danny Markov, the defenseman who replaced Fischer.

Helene St. James/Detroit Free Press

Holland signed Markov last summer to ameliorate the loss of Jiri Fischer, whose career has been sidelined by a heart condition.

Yeah, Helene. He was sidelined.  Exactly one year ago.  Luckily you have the national news outlets doing their jobs, and yours.  I guess that kind of ameliorates the fact that you seem to have forgotten one of the most significant stories in Detroit sports history.


Sportsnet and ESPN have been all over this story since the weekend.  A very nice television feature and a long-form article by Scott Burnside. 


It’s amazing on two different levels.  First: it’s offensive that they all seem to have disregarded it.  Jiri Fischer, in general, has been one of the most under-covered stories I’ve ever seen.  In order to find out information on his health, his progress or his contract situation we have to definitely look elsewhere.  Secondly: from a professional standpoint, it’s almost beyond belief that they wouldn’t splash Jiri on the front page of the sports section and remind us all what a miracle, one year later, it is that he’s even alive.  If for nothing else…to sell papers.

Nice job Ted, Khan(!), Helene.  You nailed this one.

Let me help you out.

We’re thinking of you Jiri.  Stay healthy and enjoy that new baby boy.


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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com