Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer had a seizure on the bench in the first period of last night's game in Detroit against the Nashville Predators and was listed in stable condition at a hospital.
Fischer was given CPR at the bench by team physician Tony Colucci before the 25-year-old native of the Czech Republic was removed on a stretcher. The game was called off with no makeup date immediately announced.
''His heart was stopped," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. ''They hooked up the auto defibrillator and shocked him."
Team spokesman John Hahn said Fischer was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital and was stable, breathing on his own, and responsive.
''It's our understanding, the reports from the hospital, that he is fine and he will be fine," Babcock said.
Play was stopped with 7:30 left in the period after the Red Wings alerted officials to a problem. Medical personnel worked on Fischer at the door to the bench for several minutes before he was wheeled back toward the dressing room.
''We turn and see Jiri laying between the boards and the bench and we're not sure why," said the Red Wings' Steve Yzerman. ''You fear for the guy's life at that moment. I can't remember anything like that."
Fischer was diagnosed with a heart abnormality in September 2002, causing him to miss two days of practice. The problem was found on an electrocardiogram as part of a routine battery of tests during preseason physicals. Fischer then was given a stress test that he passed.
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