DETROIT -- Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer was released
from the hospital Wednesday and was resting at home, two days after
he collapsed on the bench in convulsions.
He was placed on injured reserve and the team recalled
defenseman Kyle Quincey from Grand Rapids of the AHL before hosting
Colorado on Wednesday night.
Fischer was stricken in the first period against the Nashville
Predators. Team physician Tony Colucci wasn't able to detect a
pulse after Fischer collapsed, and an auto defibrillator was used
on the 25-year-old player.
After performing CPR, Colucci said he detected a good pulse and
Fischer was taken from the arena by ambulance to Detroit Receiving
Hospital. Colucci said Fischer's heart might have stopped, but he
didn't know for how long.
The team announced to the crowd Monday night that Fischer had a
seizure, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock later said Fischer's
heart had stopped.
On Tuesday, Colucci said the defibrillator indicated that
Fischer's heart may have been experiencing ventricular tachycardia,
a kind of racing heartbeat, or ventricular fibrillation, a heart
fluttering. Both can cause death, and ventricular fibrillation is a
common cause of sudden cardiac arrest.
"The doctors have told him that it's a minimum of four to six
weeks with no physical activity," Detroit general manager Ken
Holland said. "Obviously, they'll continue to monitor and continue
to gather information. Still, as of right now, we still do not have
a definitive reason."
Fischer was diagnosed with a heart abnormality in 2002, causing
him to miss two days of practice.
Colucci said tests were being done to determine whether the
convulsions were related to the abnormality. When the 2002 result
came back, Fischer was given a stress test that he passed, and he
said his heart essentially is a little thicker than normal.