Pavelec cleared to return to practice

Ondrej Pavelec has been medically cleared to begin practicing with the Thrashers and will do so on Tuesday. Pavelec was at the Thrashers practice facility on Monday but only went through  a workout on an exercise bike.

Pavelec, who lost consciousness and collapsed 2:25 into the Thrashers season opener,  still must pass a concussion test to be cleared to play. The team won’t have the results of those tests before Tuesday’s practice, but Pavelec will participate. He also must get back in game shape after missing more than a week.

Pavelec did not speak to the media, but will do so Tuesday.

“He has to do one more test tomorrow, but that shouldn’t interfere with a practice,” coach Craig Ramsay said. “It’s nice to see him get back out there and it’s one step closer to him playing a game. We are not at that level yet. We are just going to get him on the ice and see what comes of the test and get him started back.”

Ramsay said Peter Mannino will remain with the team until Pavelec is cleared to play in  a game.

The Thrashers won’t take it easy on Pavelec on the practice ice, according to Ramsay.

“We tend to have our goalies be pretty busy [in practice],” Ramsay said. “In our practices where are lots of shots on them. … That’s what Pavs will get when he gets back. He’ll face all of those shots. He will see pucks pretty quickly.”

6 comments Add your comment

liquid fart

October 18th, 2010
1:55 pm

good to hear, glad he’s back.


October 18th, 2010
2:07 pm

So, does anybody know what exactly happened to him on the ice?

liquid fart

October 18th, 2010
2:20 pm

he fainted. it was ’serious’ because he obviously hit his head on the ice. no idea why there is little padding on the back of a goalie helmet..seems careless considering there are plenty of times when they can hit the back of their head when falling to make a save. why wear a helmet if it doesn’t protect your entire head, especially the back.

[...] Atlanta Journal-Constitution Analysis: Pavelec is expected to return to practice on Tuesday, which is good news. Don’t expect Pavelec to return to game action this week, as he’ll likely take it easy at first. [...]


October 18th, 2010
5:57 pm

I still don’t know for sure, Midfield. Probably partly due to dehydration, partly to low blood sugar, both exacerbated by Pavs being jacked-up for the season and home opener. The docs found no cardio-vascular or neurological problems. Then Pavs knocked himself out bashing his head on the ice and made it appear to be really a serious thing because he wasn’t moving and everybody got rather worried. I know I was.


October 19th, 2010
12:22 am

I just want to see him back on the ice w/ no after-effects.
First as a man, and then as a fellow who has invested most of his life to something he loves.
I also want the satisfaction of seeing him blossom into a bona-fide NHL star