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Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec released from hospital

Oct 10, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

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The news for Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec is getting better. After collapsing Friday night in a game against the Washington Capitals and spending the last three days in an Atlanta hospital, Pavelec has been released and now rests at home to recover. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has the story.

After losing consciousness and collapsing minutes into the team’s season-opening game Friday, Pavelec remained hospitalized for testing over the past three days. All tests were normal and, currently, the cause of the incident remains unknown. He suffered headaches from a concussion sustained after hitting his head on the ice.

“My heart looks good. My brain looks good. Everything is normal but we still have to find out what it is,” Pavelec told the AJC Saturday.

It’s great to see that Pavelec is doing better and that he’s at least able to recover at home. As for what the Thrashers will do in his stead, it’ll be the Chris Mason show in goal. The Thrashers recalled Drew McIntyre from the AHL to backup Mason while Pavelec is moved to injured reserve. Mason goes from potentially splitting time with Pavelec to having to carry the full load until Pavelec is ready to return to action.

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  1. JDM - Oct 11, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    Pavelec doing better and recovering at home is great news. I can only hope that everything progresses fine for his sake.
    Also let us all include Leighton in our prayers cause back surgery is no joke! While hockey players are very well paid, we do sometimes forget that it is a dangerous sport that they engage in for our entertainment. And while I’m not an Atlanta or Philly fan, my prayers go out to them and their families, as all hockey fans should.
    Injuries on or off the ice can devastate a team and their fans…
    I know this first hand. I’m a Red Wing fan and I can still remember the Limo accident that ended Konstantinov’s career on June 13th 1997.
    So let us wish them both a speedy recovery.

  2. JDM - Oct 11, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    Pavelec doing better and recovering at home is great news. I can only hope that everything progresses fine for his sake.
    Also let us all include Leighton in our prayers cause back surgery is no joke! While hockey players are very well paid, we do sometimes forget that it is a dangerous sport that they engage in for our entertainment. And while I’m not an Atlanta or Philly fan, my prayers go out to them and their families, as all hockey fans should.
    Injuries on or off the ice can devastate a team and their fans…
    I know this first hand. I’m a Red Wing fan and I can still remember the Limo accident that ended Konstantinov’s career on June 13th 1997.
    So let us wish them both a speedy recovery.

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