Phoenix Coyotes: Brett MacLean's Condition Improving After Near-Tragic Incident

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer IJuly 10, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 29:  Brett MacLean #39 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Arena on December 29, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Kings 6-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Phoenix Coyotes forward Brett MacLean was playing hockey in Owen Sound, Ont. on July 2, when he collapsed on the ice. 

Jason Gallagher and Jason Silverthorn were also on the ice and immediately performed CPR on the 23-year-old. Jay Forslund, a firefighter who happened to be watching the game, located a portable defibrillator and called 911 (via 

They proceeded to shock MacLean's heart, however, paramedics had to shock him two more times when they arrived on scene in order to restart his heart.

MacLean was then taken to a local hospital before being transported to University Hospital in London, Ont. by air ambulance. MacLean remains in the hospital, but his condition is improving and he has been moved out of intensive care, according to and the Owen Sound Sun Times.

There is still no word on what caused the heart scare or when MacLean will be released from hospital.

MacLean is lucky that his fellow players and those watching the game reacted the way they did. These people should be commended for their actions, preventing what could have been a tragedy. 

The Phoenix Coyotes selected MacLean 32nd overall in the 2007 NHL entry draft. A native of London, Ont., MacLean stands 6'2", weighs 201 pounds and plays left wing.

Playing for the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, MacLean posted back-to-back 100-point seasons in 2007 and 2008, as did teammate John Tavares.

MacLean has played in 18 NHL games with the Coyotes and Jets, notching two goals and three assists for five points. 

Here's hoping MacLean makes a full recovery and can someday return to the ice.