Thrashers Goalie Ondrej Pavelec Stable After Collapsing On Ice Two Minutes Into Season

During the first period of Friday night's opener against the Capitals, Pavelec went down away from the action.

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Ondrej Pavelec To Undergo More Examinations

Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is to have further tests on his heart, blood, and genetics to determine what exactly happened to make him pass out on Friday. The current diagnosis is a neurocardiogenic syncope episode, or a fainting spell.

The Thrashers have released a statement from the young goaltender:

“I want to thank all the doctors, trainers and emergency personnel who took such good care of me. I would also like to thank my teammates, all the fans and everyone in the hockey community who have reached out to me and offered their support and well-wishes over the last few days. I hope to be back in action as soon as possible.”

The Thrashers have sent goaltender Drew MacIntyre back to the Chicago Wolves and have recalled Chris Carrozzi to practice with the team today. It is expected that Peter Manninio will be recalled from the Wolves to join the Thrashers in Los Angeles for Tuesday night’s game against the Kings.


Ondrej Pavelec Speaks WIth AJC's Chris Vivlamore About Collapse

Thrashers beat writer Chris Vivlamore spoke with Pavelec yesterday regarding his collapse Friday night during the beginning of the Thrashers’ game against the Capitals. When asked what he remembers of Friday, Pavelec said:

"I would like to tell you [what happened]," Pavelec told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an exclusive interview Saturday. "The last thing I remember was the lights going on after the [national] anthem. I don’t remember anything until I woke up in the ambulance and saw the doctor looking at me."

Pavelec didn’t wake up until he was placed into the ambulance, and didn’t get feeling back in his legs until he reached the emergency room. He’s undergone full body MRIs, and his brain and heart didn’t show anything to be worried about. He should undergo more tests today and be released later this afternoon.

Waddell says that "we now at least have a reason to look at the glass as being half full." Until Pavelec gets full clearance to leave the hospital, that’s the best the team can do.


Thrashers Goalie Ondrej Pavelec Has Concussion And Headache, But Is OK

Thrashers’ update on Pavelec: “Ondrej has a concussion and a subsequent headache but is fully alert and doing well.” He’ll get more testing.less than a minute ago via web

He sustained the concussion from his fall, but there’s still no word on what caused him to lose consciousness in the first place.

Still, it’s great to hear he’s fine.


Well Wishes For Ondrej Pavelec

The Atlanta Thrashers Fan Club has established a site for fans wishing to send a get well message to Pavelec here. When a diagnosis comes out, that will be posted here, but as of right now don’t be surprised if Drew MacIntyre or one of the Gwinnett Gladiators’ goaltenders accompanies the Thrashers on their trip to Florida tomorrow night to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Report: Ondrej Pavelec Has Regained Consciousness After Collapse

I’m told Pavelec regained consciousness.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

More to come.


Video: Thrashers Goalie Ondrej Pavelec Collapsing By Net

Bizarre and scary. Hope he’s all right.

Ondrej Pavelec's collapse:

And a little bit of before-and-after context:

More to come.


Thrashers: Goalie Ondrej Pavelec Lost Consciousness, Taken To Hospital For Evaluation

Official word: Pavelec lost consciousness and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. No other info yet.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

A pair of pictures, via Jeff Sullivan:



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