Detroit Red Wings held a press briefing at Joe Louis Arena, Ken Holland and Dr. Tony Colucci were involved in the briefing. Fischer is doing very, very well according to Holland. Most of the Wings organization went to the hospital, including Mr. Ilitch.
Ken Holland thanked Dr. Colucci, another Dr. and a few others. Also thanked Nashville for their understanding in canceling the game. The Wings were comfortable about 15 minutes after the incident that Fisher was going to be OK, the refs, Jim Gregory and a few others addressed the team and decided not to play and informed Nashville and they agreed. Still working with the NHL to reschedule the game, not sure if it will start over at this time.
Dr. Colucci said he met with Fischer this morning, said he is stable and everything is normal as of now. Fischer was having a convuslion in his opinion, trying to maintain an airway, was breathing on his own, but could not feel a pulse. They started CPR then applied the defib.... which analyzes his body and they applied shock. Continued to do CPR afte still no heart beat, continued CPR until heart beat started. Put him on body board and off to hospital. Had an uneventful evening.
Not sure what triggered the convulsion and can't speculate, testing may give an answer. Was asked if he could play again, Dr. could not answer that yet until test results are completed. Fischer remembers his first shift and going to the hospital, and also being in the emergency room.
Was asked about his medical history, Holland stated by federal law he could not talk about it, Fischer must disclose that information.
the AED monitor was very helpful, the machine reads your body, and actually tells you what to do next. Almost any person can do it, and should be available in any public building.
Basically, the Wings must wait for tests to determine next step in recovery.
Holland spoke with Jiri's dad, advised him of his condition and the Wings were prepared to fly his family to Detroit as soon as today. Fischer's agent is flying in from Florida today and will organize that will Jiri's dad.
Dr. Colucci said the quick response saved his life. Basic CPR and the AED monitor is vital to saving lives.
Holland said it is possible the Wings may call up someone from Grand Rapids to replace Fisher on the roster.
Dr. was asked if this had happened somewhere else, he responded if CPR and AED not available, we could have a different situation now. He was also asked in his opinion could someone with this problem still play hockey. Dr. Colucci responded until more testing is done, he doesn't know.
Please note, this post was not checked for spelling or gramatical errors, wanted to get it out ASAP.
update 1:40pm, CBC Story...
update 2:36pm, via MLive, notes on press briefing.
update 3:11pm, via WJR radio in Detroit,
The team said that Fisher suffered a seizure. Fisher was revived after his heart stopped. He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where the team says he is in stable condition. Dr. William O’Neill, Head of Cardiology at William Beaumont Hospital, is familiar with Fisher's heart condition. O’Neill says Fisher did not suffer a seizure, but cardiac arrest.
“It’s fantastic that he’s alive and he had no major neuralgic damage but I would think that his career as a hockey player is over,” Dr. O’Neill said.
update 3:19pm, via MLive, audio of the press briefing today, you will need Real Player to listen.