Pavelec suffered from fainting spell

As I first reported Sunday night, Ondrej Pavelec was released from the hospital in the afternoon after losing consciousness and collapsing during the Thrashers season opener on Friday. He was held Friday and Saturday for tests, which all came back normal.

The team released a report Monday that stated that Pavelec had a neurocardio syncope episode (a type of fainting spell). He will undergo further testing on his heart, in addition to blood and genetic tests. If all goes well, he will be medically cleared and will be able to resume playing once the concussion symptoms are cleared.

He won’t be going on the West Coast trip. He told me last night that he will have the additional tests today.

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October 11th, 2010
10:27 am

Good News…


October 11th, 2010
10:43 am

I saw your tweet that Carozzi was at practice and not MacIntyre… very odd.


October 11th, 2010
10:45 am

… maybe a trip back to Chicago (to get organized) before meeting the team in LA?!


October 11th, 2010
10:51 am

Or this… :)

BenThrashers MacIntyre has been reassigned to the Wolves. Chris Carrozzi is practicing with the team today. Mannino is expected to join the team in LA.

[...] More tests are scheduled for Ondrej today, though. [...]


October 11th, 2010
11:23 am

Let’s all hope and pray that all the tests come back with good news for Ondrej and BlueLand.

We need Pavs between the pipes, and I’m sure he wants to be out there. But ONLY if it’s safe!

[...] p.m. More on Ondrej Pavelec, who collapsed on the ice in a scary moment Friday in the Thrashers home opener. The team released [...]


October 11th, 2010
12:20 pm

great to hear. thanks for the update


October 11th, 2010
12:22 pm

Wonder why the swap of Mcyntire for Mannino. It would have made sense to bring up Mannino in the first place, because Mcyntire played the night before…and he got shelled to boot.

Reggie Dunlap

October 11th, 2010
12:54 pm

Old time hockey.


October 11th, 2010
12:56 pm

Dehydration, physical exertion, and getting overheated can put you down quick. So can locking your knees when you are tense. It sounds like one of these likely events caught Pavs off-guard. A good learning experience.


October 11th, 2010
12:57 pm


Mannino was sick and unable to play in the Wolves first two games.

Thomas Magnum

October 11th, 2010
1:47 pm

clean up the thrashers front looks like crap..too much stuff jumbled together and it makes it hard to read

Joe Friday

October 11th, 2010
2:22 pm

“Dehydration, physical exertion, and getting overheated can put you down quick.”

Agreed, and that’s what I figured initially. But wouldn’t you think the club would have put out a release saying “he was severely dehydrated and after being administered fluids in the ambulance, he came to and is now fine”. I’d have thought that’s what they’d say since a goalie, more than any, needs confidence, and his teammates need confidence in his as well. Now it seems to me like his nerves just got to him, stress will do that, that’s not a good quality for a goalie to have (weak nerves).


October 11th, 2010
3:01 pm

JF, maybe Pavelec felt the added stress of being named the #1 goalie to start the season? And he had this anxiety about, “Can’t play myself out of a job?” But if that was the case, that’s still not good. The proper way for a goalie to approach a game … “let’s go out there and do our best, play your angles, control rebounds, handle the puck well, if you’re that type of goalie, etc.”


October 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

CNNSI is reporting a diagnosis of accute puscatoritis.

Pavs has been discharged with prescription strength Vagisil and should be could to go in 7-10 days (or as soon as the itching, redness, and inflammation subsides).

Joe Friday

October 11th, 2010
3:38 pm

“maybe Pavelec felt the added stress of being named the #1 goalie to start the season? And he had this anxiety about, “Can’t play myself out of a job?”

My initial thought was that he probably had the flu and didn’t tell anyone as he didn’t want to lose “the #1 spot”. And boom, got dehydrated and fainted. But now it seems like he just got stressed and it got the best of him, that’s really not good for his confidence or his teammates confidence in him. Medical problems, you can generally fix. But if his nerves are shot at his young age, goodness, mabye he needs Smoltz’s shrink?


October 11th, 2010
4:26 pm

Phunny Phil!!!! Thanks for the laugh


October 11th, 2010
5:45 pm

Hey, I recommended a shrink for Kari! Whatever works. If this is what Pavelec needs, I’m all in favor of him getting the mental wellness that he needs. I much prefer that to “meltdowns.” I just want to see him start another game, sometime this month, so we can get some kind on “on-ice” evaluation of his progress, at the regular season level.


October 12th, 2010
8:08 am

Let’s settle down and not jump all over the kid’s mental state. Any of you who work in the health field, or are caregivers, there’s a hundred reasons why someone can faint. Nerves is just one of them. Let the kid prove himself before we give him the “Kari” label.


October 12th, 2010
6:18 pm

I agree Masha. I’ve also seen several comments in the blogs I’ve read from athletes who say dyhydration can happen even when you think you are adequately hydrated. I think I’ll lean toward the opinions of those with knowledge and experience in the fields of health and athletics.

Plus the fact that the drs are doing more tests. I doubt they would be doing that if they thought it was just “weak nerves.”

Pavs is still young by goalie standards. I fear we would be shooting ourselves in the foot if we let him go this early in his career.

I know we’ve needed change here in Atlanta. But I think coach is trying to get better now plus build for the long run. If we try to do it all for the here and now, we run the risk of a big bang then a fizzle. I want us to become a good team for now and for the future too. I think this GM/coaching staff combo can do that.

Tony C.

October 12th, 2010
6:36 pm

As far as the “Kari Label”….don’t look now but Lehtonen has played well since joining the Stars…2-for-2 with a .909SP


October 12th, 2010
9:29 pm

Get well, Pavs!
We’ll be needing for the next ten years or so. B)