Holland: Fischer "doing very, very well"

At a press conference from Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was able to make a positive announcement:

"Jiri Fischer is doing very, very well."

After twelve hours of speculation and uncertainty, Holland and team doctor Tony Colucci spoke to the media to provide what information they could.

"Obviously it's been a tough 12 hours for our organization," Holland explained.

Holland thanked the Nashville Predators for "their understanding," in agreeing to cancel Monday night's game after Fischer's collapse. Holland had met with Detroit coach Mike Babcock and captain Steve Yzerman before asking the team if they wanted to continue playing.

The players were in no shape to continue but after visiting Fischer in "little groups," they're feeling better today.

"I think that's going to get guys ready for tomorrow night," Holland said. "I think we've gotta play the games and see how it goes."

To fill Fischer's roster spot, Holland speculated, "possibly we will do something, maybe call somebody up from Grand Rapids."

Colucci spoke about the medical side of Fischer's situation.

"Everything appears to be well right now, all his tests are coming back within normal limits."

He explained that when he arrived on the scene - summoned quickly by trainer Piet Van Zant - Fischer was having a convulsion. Colucci worked to maintain an airway when he discovered that he couldn't feel a pulse. He began chest compressions while Van Zant set up an automated external defibrillator and shocked Fischer. Colucci continued chest compressions.

Fischer was moved when he had a good pulse and was breathing on his own. He was stable upon arrival at Detroit Receiving Hospital and had an unventful evening.

"There's no way to speculate what triggered it," Colucci announced. "He's going through further testing over the next few days."

He described it as a "rare situation" and would not speculate on when - or whether - Fischer's career will continue.

Fischer does not remember the incident, only his first shift of the game. The next things he remembers are being in the ambulance and being brought into the hospital.

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Holy sh*t, this is the scariest thing I've seen in years. Looks like either Lebda or Fischer is down at the bench. I swear they we doing compressions. This is not good.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2005 at 8:09 PM


They finally confirmed that it was Fischer, possibly down after taking a puck to the neck. CPR was performed but John Keating is reporting that Fischer was breathing on his own as of the last report from a witness. Fischer was not taken out of the building.

Reminds me of Pronger in the 1998 playoffs.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2005 at 8:21 PM


My wife and I were amazed and scared s***less when we saw that. There was no doubt they were doing CPR. And yes, it does bring back frightning memories of Pronger.

Posted by scooter13 on 11/21/2005 at 8:22 PM


They're reporting now that he's breathing on his own but unconscious and has been taken to the hospital. Looks like he took a stick to the neck on the bench.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2005 at 8:31 PM


Waiting for another ambulance, they need one on hand in case of another incident, then it looks like the game will resume.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2005 at 8:37 PM


Wings are reporting that he suffered a seizure. Now in stable condition. The teams and the league are determining how the rest of the night will proceed.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2005 at 8:48 PM


It's good to hear that he is in stable condition.

Posted by scooter13 on 11/21/2005 at 8:51 PM


The game has been cancelled.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/21/2005 at 9:00 PM


And the right decision in my opinion.

Posted by scooter13 on 11/21/2005 at 9:05 PM


Just an update - WXYT will be broadcasting and webcasting the Red Wings press conference at 1:00 PM today.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/22/2005 at 12:58 PM


I was at the game that night and boy let me tell you, it was eerie. No one had any idea what was going on. There were no announcements until they let us know Jiri was at the hospital, conscious and breathing on his own. Two of my friens kept calling me on my cell phone with updates on what was being said on TV. I'm glad Jiri is ok now. Let's hope the cause is something that can be corrected and not a career ending consition.

Posted by shaney on 11/24/2005 at 12:30 PM


As bad as this is, it could turn out to be a very postive motivator to winning the cup. We all remember what happened in the summer of 97 that lead to back to back in 98. I just hope he is able to make a quick return.

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/25/2005 at 10:53 AM


Two news updates in relation to this...

The Wings doctor is now saying that he recommends Fischer not return to the ice because they can't find out what caused convulsions.

The game has been rescheduled for April 16th. I can't believe they couldn't find a better day, as this now gives the Wings four games in four days to close out the season.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/26/2005 at 10:22 PM


Ken Daniels announced that the game will not be replayed on April 16th, but NHL.com still says it will be.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/26/2005 at 11:54 PM


that was freeky

Posted by yzerman19 on 12/5/2005 at 11:54 AM


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