Pavelec released from hospital

Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec was released from the hospital Sunday and is resting at home.

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.

Pavelec was placed on injured reserve when the team re-called Drew MacIntyre from AHL Chicago as a replacement.

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liquid fart

October 10th, 2010
9:24 pm

excellent news.

Brendan

October 10th, 2010
9:37 pm

These are encouraging signs, Chris Vivlamore. The next move … is to give him ALLLLLL the time he needs to recuperate. No sense rushing him back, early, from a head injury. Mason can handle the load for a while. And if he can’t, let’s see what MacIntyre can do.

Jack

October 10th, 2010
9:45 pm

I will be very surprised if he comes back before they figure out what happend. With his type of concussion he probably is out at least 4 weeks. Would not be shocked if he did not return until December

David

October 10th, 2010
10:12 pm

The problem is going to be that he has two different issues. The first being the concussion and dealing with symptoms. Luckily, concussions aren’t something a goaltender is generally concerned with as they arent being hit. The second issue, and in my mind the more pressing one is what caused him to lose consciousness to begin with.

Brendan

October 10th, 2010
10:30 pm

If (operative word) it’s determined that Pavelec will be out of commission for an “extended period of time,” shouldn’t management step in, with $15 million in CAP SPACE, to go trade for a goalie, or sign a UFA goalie?

What? I’m jus’ sayin’.

And no, Jose Theodore is no longer available. He signed, days ago, for $1.1 million, with the Wild. Any ideas? And no, we probably shouldn’t trade for some of those “stashed in the minors” or “loaned overseas” goalies, as they’re apt to have years remaining, at those inflated prices. Then again, we’re not hurting for cap room.

Does Boston still want Tim Thomas? I think his deal DECREASES over time, in terms of salary. Actually, stop. Pavelec could be back 2-3 weeks. Who knows? I’m just saying … that if it’s longterm IR situation, it’s kind of hard to defend INACTION to fix a deficiency for a position as importnat as GOALTENDING is in hockey, especially when you’re at the floor of the cap. I mean, just how pathetic could the Thrashers ownership be?

Uhh, cheerfully withdrawn.

lordstan57

October 10th, 2010
10:43 pm

Thanks for the update C-viv….. good news indeed.

Look forward to seeing you Pavs……

Pavelec collapses on the ice

October 10th, 2010
11:56 pm

[...] Source: Chris Vivlamore [...]

Mike in Canton

October 11th, 2010
12:21 am

Question… were his knees locked when he was standing in the crease while play was on the other side of the ice? Could explain his losing consciousness and feeling in his legs. Just sayin’.

BlueSpark

October 11th, 2010
7:03 am

I don’t think his knees were locked, based on the video I’ve seen. He looked to be slowly moving forward and getting into a crouch, from one angle. From another he looked to be heading towards the bench.

Heart trouble isn’t unheard of in athletes, especially bigger guys. Fainting sometimes foreshadows sudden cardiac arrest. So it’s a good, good thing if the doctors say his heart is OK.

RS

October 11th, 2010
7:03 am

I wondered when they took that equipment off him. Those leg pads aren’t really meant to press down on their legs, plus they strapped him to the stretcher with them on.

JF

October 11th, 2010
7:35 am

I think Mr. Pavelec has played enough hockey to know how to not pass out by locking his knees 2 minutes into a game.

I realize we all want to speculate, but I seriously doubt it was the way he was standing on the ice.

Flagstaff

October 11th, 2010
7:49 am

Brandan– agreed. It’s not a pleasant thing to think about right now, but to be undecided is to be decided. If Pavelec is out long-term, we should probably trade for Thomas, maybe Vokoun.

FormerIslesFan

October 11th, 2010
8:10 am

For those of us with our kids off from school b/c of Columbus Day, does anyone know whether the Thrashers are going ahead with their practice this morning? I had heard rumblings that it MIGHT be cancelled and would like to know that before we head all the way over to Duluth.

C-Viv, any idea?

If it is ongoing, is anyone else planning on attending?

hockeychick

October 11th, 2010
8:53 am

There are rumors going around that it was dehydration. Again that is not confirmed but makes a lot of sense.

Phil

October 11th, 2010
9:11 am

Practice is at 10:40 AM today in Duluth.

FormerIslesFan

October 11th, 2010
9:17 am

Thanx, Phil. See everyone (anyone?) there…

Joe Friday

October 11th, 2010
9:22 am

Had to be dehydration, that’s the only thing that makes sense if all heart and other tests turn out fine. I would guess mild concussion and he’ll be back quickly, mabye a week?

Brendan

October 11th, 2010
9:36 am

If it’s only going to be a week or so ’til Pavelec is back, there’s no need to find a replacement. A statement issuing a timetable for Pavelec’s return, if it’s not serious, would be a nice thing for the organization to do. But, if they’re working on a “behind the scenes” trade, then their silence makes some sense. But, it’s hardly a secret that Pavelec suffered an injury, around the league. I doubt any GM, out there, would be fooled about why Waddudley is calling.

GaVaHokie

October 11th, 2010
9:40 am

I’m no doctor, but it would seem if he passed out normally, that smelling salts would have snapped him out of it quickly.

Part of me wants to start him in goal immediately so he can move on from this. But, I think the best thing would be to hold him until the Buffalo game on Oct. 20th. Keeping him close to his doctors in case it happens again.

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Joe Friday

October 11th, 2010
9:45 am

“I doubt any GM, out there, would be fooled about why Waddudley is calling.”

I don’t see a move for a goalie, they’ve done the full battery of tests and there’s apparently nothing wrong with the guy except the concussion which happened after he fainted. The reason I wasn’t running around with my skirt over my head after he fainted was that they weren’t working on his heart and didn’t rush him off the ice, I really think he just plain fainted, dehydration probably, and he’ll be fine, guys.

GaVaHokie

October 11th, 2010
9:50 am

Another theory could be an inner ear problem… the arena sound system was playing some pretty heavy base when he passed out.

I was staring right at him when it happened. His legs were bent, and he was drifting out to the hash marks like most goalies do when play is at the other end.

LongTimeHockeyFan

October 11th, 2010
9:54 am

Ray Emery – a free agent!

Joe Friday

October 11th, 2010
9:54 am

Hokie, if you faint and become unconscious from dehydration, you don’t come to again until they get fluids back in you. It fits the scenario here, they probably started an IV on him when they got him in the ambulance and that’s when he came to again . . . and yes, I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express Friday night.

Brendan

October 11th, 2010
9:58 am

JF, I agree. To me, it sounds like dehydration, coupled with nerves, and hopefully, that’s all it was. His brain is fine, aside from the mild concussion. His heart is fine. I don’t think Pavelec has been put on longterm IR. But, of course, I always say … “be sure” the player really is fine, before putting him back in. I hope we see him back in the Thrasher nets, soon.

Joe Friday

October 11th, 2010
10:02 am

Hokie, From the wiki on dehydration, it all fits (says he couldn’t feel his legs, loss of memory, fainted, came to when fluids administered, nothing medically wrong with him, now he’s fully recovered except from banging his head after fainting):

Symptoms may include headaches similar to what is experienced during a hangover, muscle cramps (especially leg cramps), a sudden episode of visual snow, decreased blood pressure (hypotension), and dizziness or fainting when standing up due to orthostatic hypotension.

Treatment: For severe cases of dehydration where fainting, unconsciousness, or other severely inhibiting symptom is present (the patient is incapable of standing or thinking clearly), emergency attention is required. Fluids containing a proper balance of replacement electrolytes are given orally or intravenously with continuing assessment of electrolyte status; complete resolution is the norm in all but the most extreme cases.

Brendan

October 11th, 2010
10:04 am

Ray “the headcase” Emery is still out there?? I would have figured he signed somewhere in Europe.

Melanie

October 11th, 2010
10:07 am

He could also have a vitamin deficiency. I’ve had it happen where I was actually showering and my vitamin B12 level dropped significantly. I ended up collapsing/passing out in the shower minutes later. I never knew I had the intrinsic factor and now require shots monthly to avoid passing out. I keep seeing all these ‘tests’, but none say lab results.

Brendan

October 11th, 2010
10:08 am

Just think, Atlanta would have to hold the record for most NHL players of African lineage, if they signed Emery, too. (1) Dawes, (2) Kane, (3) Oduya, (4) Byfuglien, and (5) Emery? Relax. It’s not gonna happen.

LongTimeHockeyFan

October 11th, 2010
10:13 am

Just think, Emery could have a mask with Evander Holyfield on it! We would have another enforcer!

Seriously, he has issues, but backstopped Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Finals. He is injury prone, like KL was here.

LongTimeHockeyFan

October 11th, 2010
10:17 am

“Just think, Atlanta would have to hold the record for most NHL players of African lineage”

Great marketing stragety to expand the fan base in Atlanta.

Brendan

October 11th, 2010
10:30 am

God Bless ya, Melanie. Thank goodness, it’s treatable, at least. I’m sure you have to stay on top of it, too. If Pavelec does have something similar, he’s got the medical staff of the team caring for him.

[...] the team and fans still have goalie Ondrej Pavelec on their mind. Chris Vivlamore reports he has been able to leave the hospital. He was also able to chat with the 23-year old Czech over [...]

Viking

October 11th, 2010
11:49 am

I have fainted several times due to dehydration, but as soon as I got in horizontal position and thereby got blood flow to the head, I have perked up. No memory problems.

I am no doctor, but it appears that if it was dehydration, Pavelec must have been extremely dehydrated to experience the severe symptoms described in Wiki. Hard to believe after just warming up and after 2 min into the game. I also assume some kind of game prep in the shape of fluid intake always take place.

Maybe the secondary concussion caused the prolonged unconsciousness and memory loss, but I bet something else than dehydration caused it.

SL

October 11th, 2010
12:03 pm

How does fainting explain the loss of memory for the first few minutes of the game and the loss of feeling in his legs?

litz

October 11th, 2010
3:40 pm

I don’t know about the loss of feeling in the legs, but couldn’t the memory loss be attributable to the concussion?

[...] 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 [...]

Flagstaff

October 11th, 2010
4:22 pm

Brendan– They already have 5. You forgot Stewart.

The dr. is in

October 11th, 2010
6:32 pm

Glad to know there are so many amateur doctors out there. Guess I will add my own guess then. Maybe he was NERVOUS, being opening night and having to face Ovechkin and all. Maybe he had a panic attack, hyperventilated under his mask where nobody could see and passed out from that. Good to know we have a goalie with icewater in his veins. I think Chris Mason automatically becomes our #1. Next patient please….