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Red Wings’ Fischer Has Seizure on Bench

November 22, 2005

DETROIT (AP) _ Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer had a seizure on the Detroit bench late in the first period of Monday night’s game against the Nashville Predators and was listed in stable condition at a hospital.

Fischer was given CPR at the bench and a defibrillator was used 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.

Team spokesman John Hahn said Fischer was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital and was stable, breathing on his own and responsive.

``It looks like he’s going to be OK,″ Hahn said.

Play was stopped with 7:30 left in the period after the Red Wings alerted officials to a problem. Medical personnel worked on the 25-year-old Fischer at the door to the bench for several minutes before he was wheeled back toward the Red Wings dressing room.

The decision was made to resurface the ice then, and the remaining time was to be added to the second period. But the game was postponed instead.

Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman and forward Brendan Shanahan helped escort Fischer’s fiancee across the ice to the bench area.

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 the Red Wings’ preseason physicals. When the result was abnormal, Fischer was given a stress test that he passed.

``There is a little abnormality, but nothing that will stop me from playing,″ Fischer said at the time. ``It’s nothing that will bother me emotionally.″

He said that his heart essentially is a little thicker than normal.

``I wasn’t scared about the abnormality,″ Fischer said. ``But I was scared about not playing hockey again. That was a shock for me.″

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