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Brett MacLean’s recovery is “coming along beautifully”

Jul 6, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

Brett MacLean #39 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates with the puck under pressure from Matt Hunwick #48 of the Colorado Avalanche during the second period of the NHL game at Arena on April 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.
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Brett MacLean, who suffered a “cardiac emergency” on Monday, is doing much better, according to the Calgary Sun.

Karen MacLean, Brett’s mother, said that her son began to walk on Friday. However, he has no memory of collapsing on the ice.

“I think he’s really in shock,” Karen said. “When he woke up he had no recollection of how he got here, and so I think he’s still trying to digest what exactly did happen, how significant it was, and obviously for what his future holds.”

After Brett collapsed, two players, Jason Gallagher and Jason Silverthorn performed CPR while a firefighter in the stands, Jay Forslund phoned 911 and got the portable defibrillator machine.

“We’re eternally grateful to them,” Karen said. “Jason (Gallagher) was just here and we were able to thank him, but thanking them really doesn’t do it justice. We can’t express how grateful we are for everything they did.”

Brett played in five games with the Winnipeg Jets before he was placed on waivers and claimed by the team that originally drafted him in 2007, the Phoenix Coyotes. He also had 25 goals and 48 points in 63 AHL games with the Portland Pirates.

  1. wpgjetter - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    I’m glad to hear that Brett is recovering nicely. It’s a horrible situation for anyone to go through especially such a young man. Hopefully he will continue to improve to 100% and be able to resume his career soon. My prayers will be with you Brett

  2. sjsharks66 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Good to hear! Too many tragic events last year in hockey. We don’t need anymore.

  3. proudliberal85392 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Excellent news indeed!

  4. xoscroggsxo - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Great news :)

  5. rushledger - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    Extremely serious but great news considering how scary the whole thing has been glad he’s on track for a full recovery

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