Ondrej Pavelec Conscious in Hospital: More Information Released

Pavelec will look to return as soon as possible. In the mean time, should Thrasher GM Rick Dudley look to sign a free agent goaltender?
Pavelec will look to return as soon as possible. In the mean time, should Thrasher GM Rick Dudley look to sign a free agent goaltender?Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Name NameCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2010

Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec of the Atlanta Thrashers collapsed on Friday night against the Washington Capitals, just 2:25 into the game. 

Unconscious, he lay motionless on the ice for several minutes, receiving attention from both teams' medical officials.

Pavelec was taken off the ice on a stretcher, and was sent to the hospital where preliminary tests came back negative. He regained consciousness in the ambulance with a ton of questions and a lack of feeling in his legs.

It's obvious that he has a one-track mind for hockey, because one of the first things he asked about when he woke up was the score of the game.

Well, Ondrej, your Thrashers won the game for you, with a final score of 4-2. You owe Evander Kane dinner, as he scored two goals in the win.

Saturday, it was released that Pavelec had suffered a concussion and would be staying in the hospital overnight, so doctors can run a few more tests. 

According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journalism Constitution, who scored an interview with the confused goaltender, Pavelec says he doesn't recall playing in the game.

“I would like to tell you [what happened]” Pavelec stated. “The last thing I remember was the lights going on after the anthem. I don’t remember anything until I woke up in the ambulance and saw the doctor looking at me.”

Pavelec continued to talk about how he felt fine before the game, and how his ailment is pretty much unknown.

“My heart looks good. My brain looks good. Everything is normal but we still have to find out what it is. You will have to ask the doctors what it is.”

The 23-year-old from the Czech Republic doesn't have a history of health problems, which makes the situation even stranger.

More details are soon to come.

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