Pavelec still in hospital; has concussion

There is a small update on the condition of Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. He remains in an undisclosed Atlanta hospital for further tests after losing consciousness and collapsing on the ice in Friday’s season opener.

Coach Craig Ramsay said Saturday that Pavelec has a concussion. It is likely that the concussion was the result of his fall, but nothing is certain at this point. Doctors are most likely still trying to find the cause of the collapse.

Pavelec was alert and responsive after arriving at the hospital. He told me that he is feeling better in a text message early Saturday morning. I have plans to speak to Pavelec later this afternoon and will update.

“He’s awake and alert but they have to do more tests,” Ramsay said. “We have very little knowledge other than he seems to be doing much, much better.”

To replace Pavelec, the Thrashers are flying Drew MacIntyre to Tampa for tonight’s game. He had not arrived in time for the team’s morning practice but was expected in the early afternoon. MacIntrye had 25 saves for AHL Chicago in their season opener, a 6-3 loss to San Antonio, Friday.

Just took a read through the comments from the first blog on Pavelec. Lots of support from around the league, including messages posted by fans of the Capitals, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Lightning, Wild, Rangers, Sharks, Canadiens, Islanders, Stars, Hurricanes, Flames and Bruins. Very nice.

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GSUFAN

October 9th, 2010
12:41 pm

I hope it’s a really MILD Concussion. I eagerly await your interview with Pavelec, Chris. Very concerned about his condition, and wishing him a speedy and complete recovery.

buzz

October 9th, 2010
12:45 pm

Legace is available, I’d sign him for insurance. McIntyre is not even a short-term backup solution.

Michael

October 9th, 2010
12:51 pm

Please extend get well wishes from Chicago. All hockey fans wish him the best…except when he plays against the Blackhawks, of course!

Goof Loser

October 9th, 2010
12:53 pm

Leafs Nation wishes Pavs a complete and speedy recovery.

Alan R.

October 9th, 2010
12:55 pm

We all appreciate the different fans coming in here for well wishes. Thank you, from the bottom of Thrasherville’s hearts!

[...] the AJC’s Chris Vivlamore is reporting that Pavelec remains in the hospital and has a concussion. There’s no word from him on the [...]

payneja01

October 9th, 2010
12:59 pm

We Philadelphia Flyers fans know and love the fact that we have a bad rap. But we never want to see a player go down like that Get well soon from the Orange Crush.

HockeyBroad

October 9th, 2010
12:59 pm

Wishing him to be able to get well soon and a speedy recovery from Chicago!

Baz

October 9th, 2010
1:06 pm

Pretty disturbing to see Coach Ramsay having a big laugh on the bench- while medical personnel are attending to Pavs on the ice. NOT encouraging.

mmalady

October 9th, 2010
1:07 pm

Another well wisher here from LeafsLand…best wishes to Ondrej for a full and speedy recovery :)

J (Z)

October 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

Still very curious to hear what caused the collapse, really hope it was just nerves or something really minor and he hit the back of his head on the ice causing the concussion. Either way, prayers out to Pavelec and wherever his family may be. Scary!

In other news, Aaron Ward on Versus called the Thrashers the Coyotes of 2010-11!

Alan R.

October 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

Pretty disturbing to see Coach Ramsay having a big laugh on the bench- while medical personnel are attending to Pavs on the ice.

Someone probably told a joke, or maybe he told a joke. Seriously, when something like this happens to your team, you’ve got to lighten the air somehow. How could you possibly go on if you didn’t lighten the air a bit?

Wendy

October 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

From all Pittsburgh Pens fans, we wish him a speedy recovery. As an athletic trainer watching the game last night, I was worried, glad he’s responsive & alert! We’ll be watching & continuing our well wishes for his speedy & complete recovery!

Ahealing

October 9th, 2010
1:16 pm

Pavelec is in the prayers of all Capitals fans. May he make a full recovery.

Avs fan57

October 9th, 2010
1:16 pm

Best wishes for ondrej from avs fans. As an avs fan we’ve had our fair share of scares for our players, but nothing as unprovoked as that. I can even relate a bit personally as epilepsy runs in my family and I myself have passed out like that just out of nowhere but luckily I have no serious conditions and I hope the same for ondrej. Get better soon big boy, you should have a good career ahead of you.

Lizzy

October 9th, 2010
1:22 pm

Hope they can determine what caused the collapse and that he has a speedy recovery. No matter what team you’re a fan of – you never want to see someone get hurt or have a problem like this. ~ From a NY Rangers fan

Sharksfan

October 9th, 2010
1:26 pm

Sharks fans send out their best wishes too. It was very scary to see on tv. The Thrashers, Jackets and Rangers are my other favorite teams so watched Pavs play a lot last season. Keeping him in our prayers for a full and speedy recovery.

Isles Fan

October 9th, 2010
1:29 pm

God bless Ondrej Pavelec and his family & loved ones. I know I speak for all of the fans of the New York Islanders when I post that we understand how you feel. I pray for his speedy recovery and return to the ice.

Avs Fan

October 9th, 2010
1:40 pm

Get well wishes from Colorado. I hope the doctor’s care will quickly determine the cause of Mr. Pavelec’s collapse and that he haves a speedy recovery. He will have my applause when he steps on the ice in Denver.

Cornbread

October 9th, 2010
1:41 pm

I am hoping this was nothing more than dehydration and getting overheated that caused him to go down. Initial tests being negative are a good sign. He most likely had a CAT scan and EKG. If nothing was shown in these tests and others, they may never know what caused him to collapse and will point towards dehydration.

Dehydration is nothing to take lightly. It will knock you down quick. Even athletes who think they are rehydrating and refueling with sports nutrition may not be taking in enough until it’s too late. I hope Pavs is drinking lots of Pedialyte today.

CapsGrlJen

October 9th, 2010
1:41 pm

I know I speak for Caps fans everywhere when I say that we are very sorry Pavelec went down last night in such a frightening way. Our best wishes and prayers are with him, his family, and the Thrashers family.
Although I hate seeing the Caps lose ANY game, I can’t begrudge the Thrashers their win. It took courage and drive for the team to push through and come out on top. Much respect to the Thrashers players!

CaniacTeacher

October 9th, 2010
1:57 pm

Pavelec is in the prayers of all caniacs as well. It’s scary to see one of yoru players go down.

Charlene

October 9th, 2010
2:19 pm

As a Hawks and Thrashers fan, I am so happy to hear he only has a mild concussion, and wish him a speedy recovery. Get well soon Pavs! We love and miss you here! So much respect for how Atlanta played even after their teammate fell! Shows major courage, and I applaud them for that. Our thoughts are still with Pavalec and his family, friends, and teammates! He will get applause from all Hawks fans when we play them in Atlanta in November!

[...] heard later on that Ondrej was awake and alert, asking for game updates, and today Chris Vivlamore reports he’s resting in the hospital after suffering a concussion from the fall. But at that [...]

DawgNole

October 9th, 2010
2:30 pm

Very nice indeed (those comments from rival fans). I’m no fan of hockey, but I readily salute the class displayed by those from other cities/teams who expressed their concerns for the fallen Thrasher. Quite a contrast from the hatred and ignorance so often displayed on the “big 3″ (football/basketball/baseball) blogs.

Brendan

October 9th, 2010
2:30 pm

Thanks for the update, Chris. Good to know that Pavelec is “moving in a BETTER direction.” When you get the chance to speak with Pavelec, please let him know that fans from over HALF the league came to your blog to wish him well, and for a full and speedy recovery. Plus, all the residents of Thrasherville.

Cam

October 9th, 2010
2:39 pm

Extend best wishes from Edmonton. That was scary and hard to watch. So glad to hear he’s doing much better.

Bob

October 9th, 2010
3:23 pm

Best wishes for a speedy recovery! I remember how scared we were in St. Louis when Chris Pronger took a Dimitri Mironov slapshot to the chest and collapsed with what was essentially a minor heart attack caused by the puck!

Russ

October 9th, 2010
3:45 pm

Good on the Capitals medical staff for helping out with Pavi! Get well soon Pavi, we’ll need you for the long haul.

Lee

October 9th, 2010
3:55 pm

Chris – What channel is the game on tonight???

caps fan

October 9th, 2010
4:08 pm

I asked this in the wrong thread. Is the concussion from last night as a result of the fall? Or, is it a delayed reaction from something that happened previously!

CapsGrlJen

October 9th, 2010
4:20 pm

@ caps fan watching NHL network’s feed of Hockey night in Canada, one of the men said the report was that the concussion is a result of hitting the back of his head when he fell.

Jack

October 9th, 2010
5:22 pm

Hope to see Pav on the ice soon. Best wishes for speedy recovery

Game is on NHL Ice, they are in the promo/free period currently

Sens Fan

October 9th, 2010
5:40 pm

Speedy recovery to you from all Sens fans. Nobody wants to see a player go down like that. Hope you are soon taking your rightful spot in goal soon.

kracker

October 9th, 2010
5:51 pm

Heartfelt acknowledgements and thank yous from Thrashers fans to every NHL/hockey fan that checked in on Ondrej’s condition. I am sure the players feel the same way. It is a war out there but these players are respectful combatants.

Puck Like A Porn Star

October 9th, 2010
6:01 pm

I had GREAT seats last night, just over the glass and behind the benches. I looked away for one second, and the next thing I know, Pavs is flat out on the ice! So glad he’s ok, and it was classy that the in-game announcer told the crowd that Pavs was awake and asking about the score, with one minute to go in the game.

Nothing like Opening Night!!

Puck Like A Porn Star

October 9th, 2010
6:04 pm

Wow, you out-of-market hockey fans aren’t so bad after all!! ;)

#1 whalers fan

October 9th, 2010
6:11 pm

Everyone in Hartford wishes Ondrej well.

Oh wait…

Puck Like A Porn Star

October 9th, 2010
6:25 pm

NHL Center Ice is showing tonight’s game on Dish Network channel 632, but apparently it’s the Tampa Bay coverage. Does anyone know if there’s an Atlanta broadcast on Center Ice tonight on Dish?

Matt

October 9th, 2010
7:08 pm

The game is supposed to be on Fox Sport South, according to the published schedule.

Puck Like A Porn Star

October 9th, 2010
7:37 pm

Right, but for the Dish network customers in the crowd, FSS isn’t an option at the moment…

Rebecca

October 9th, 2010
7:55 pm

Found it on Comcast channel 848 – hope that helps.

lordstan57

October 9th, 2010
11:34 pm

Feel that? The warmth?
Now that’s “hockey Love” baybeee!

“Live Hockey,Love Thrashers”.
Hang in there buddy.

PredsFan

October 10th, 2010
3:09 pm

Wishing Pavelec a speedy recovery from Predators Nation. You are in our thoughts and prayers.