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Tomas Fleischmann Out For The Season With Pulmonary Emboli

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Tomas Fleischmann will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season due to pulmonary emboli.

“The nature of his condition requires him to be on blood thinners for several months and he will be unable to play hockey during this time,” said Avalanche team physician Dr. David Mellman. “Tomas’ condition was discovered this afternoon when he was evaluated for shortness of breath.”

Fleischmann, 26, was acquired by Colorado from the Washington Capitals on Nov. 30.  He tallied 21 points (8g/13a) in 22 games for Colorado, with 14 of those 21 points coming in either the third period (11) or overtime (3).  He finished second on the club with 14 points (7g/7a) in 14 games during the month of December and was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for Dec. 13-19.  He tallied his first career hat trick on Dec. 15 at Chicago, scoring all three goals in the third period.

The Koprivnice, Czech Republic native appeared in 45 combined games between the Avalanche and Capitals this season, tallying 31 points (12g/19a).  In 305 career NHL games, Fleischmann has 159 points (68g/91a).

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I hope he will get well soon (full recovery, etc), what awful luck for him and the Colorado team.

Posted by GregAnnapolis on 01/20/11 at 10:15 PM ET

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This is a serious condition - good luck to him on a full recovery.

Posted by Denver Wings on 01/20/11 at 10:45 PM ET


According to CSN Washington (I’m watching the Caps game), he did have a problem with blood clots associated with long plane rides in his recent-ish past.  I had forgotten about that.

Joe B and Craig (the commentary team) send out their best wishes for a speedy recovery.  I, of course, strongly echo those wishes.

Posted by GregAnnapolis on 01/20/11 at 11:15 PM ET

K24's avatar

From what I remember from when Jed Ortmeyer had this condition, you’re lucky if they catch it because most of the time they don’t find out you had an embolism until they do an autopsy.  Good luck to him.

Posted by K24 from NYC on 01/20/11 at 11:46 PM ET


Tough break for Flash and the Avs. He finally landed in a spot where he was finding success and then this problem pops up again. He had clots in his legs after the 08-09 season when he flew back home and missed the start of the next season, iirc. I hope he recovers quickly and fully. I’ve always been a fan and thought he was underrated, even when he wasn’t working out in Washington.

Posted by false_cause from DC on 01/21/11 at 12:23 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Godspeed on your recovery, Tomas.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/21/11 at 12:41 AM ET

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What k24 said. Holy sh!t, he’s lucky this was caught in time. Here’s to hoping he heals up quickly and safely. What a bad break for the youth league champs.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/21/11 at 01:00 AM ET


I hope he manages to overcome the problem and return to playing. Good luck Tomas!

Posted by Iggy Rules on 01/21/11 at 02:56 AM ET

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Pulmonary Embolisms vary depending on the size - Massive = dead before you take the next breath, Major - Damage is done and eventual death, Minor - Area of the lung is damaged, but will eventually heal (often completely).

Based off that description you can see he had a Minor Pulmonary Embolism, though it is still a serious medical condition. The issue isn’t this one, its the possibility for more in the future, if he does have a clotting problem this will always remain as a possible problem. It is often seen after the leg has been immobilized for a long time (hospital stay, or long plane rides (longer than ones hes normally taking though)). Odds are he’ll be reminded to never stay still on the plane too long (good advice to everyone here as well, if you are on a flight longer than 4-5 hours, get up and walk around and your chance of one of these plummets).

Hopefully he recovers entirely, and doesn’t have to remain on blood thinners for too long and this doesn’t keep happening to him. With proper management he may recover completely, again what clotting/coagulation problem he has isn’t publicly known.

Posted by inferno31 on 01/21/11 at 03:26 AM ET

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Everyone should get up and stretch every 2 hours while traveling.

Some people have clotting disorders which make them prone to clots.
These people sometimes take “blood thinners” all their lives.

No way could a guy play hockey on blood thinners.  There would be way too much danger of internal bleeding, especially in their head.

Posted by w2j2 on 01/21/11 at 09:27 AM ET

K24's avatar

No way could a guy play hockey on blood thinners.  There would be way too much danger of internal bleeding, especially in their head.

Jed Ortmeyer does, and he was nominated for the Masterton Trophy for it.

Posted by K24 from NYC on 01/21/11 at 08:36 PM ET

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