Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/13/05 at 12:25 AM ET
Choking back tears, the Red Wings' Jiri Fischer gives thanks and admits he's lucky - but won't give up hope of resuming his career He entered with a smile, but within seconds he was sniffing back tears, trying to do the impossible, say "thank you for saving me" and "don't forget me" at the same time. And even as young Jiri Fischer spoke, earnestly, passionately, you couldn't help but hear what fate was whispering in his ear. The only thing worse than almost dying on the ice is dying on the ice. Let it go.continued update 7:45am Tuesday, link to Detroit Free Press now available Also, from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,
But this wasn't only about what Fischer doesn't know. This was about what he probably does know, deep in his chest. Hockey is suddenly secondary, maybe an impossibility now, and the mere thought staggers him. "Life without hockey -- I hope I don't have to face it for some time," Fischer said, speaking to the media for the first time since collapsing on the Wings' bench and being revived by doctors. "This is what I know, this is what I work for my whole life. I don't want it to be taken away."read on
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