Pavelec returns to ice for first time after collapsing

Ondrej Pavelec started breaking in a new chest protector Tuesday.

His old one was cut off at the hospital 11 days ago when he lost consciousness and collapsed minutes into the Thrashers season opener.

“I was so excited to go back [on the ice] and see how it would go,” Pavelec said after taking part in half a team practice. “It was pretty good. It was only 30 minutes but I felt good.”

After a battery of tests, over days, doctors concluded that Pavelec fainted and subsequently hit his head on the ice. The goaltender said Tuesday that doctors have not determined the cause of the fainting spell.

“They did all testing for my brain and my heart,” Pavelec said. “They said I just fainted. It’s nothing serious and hopefully it will never happen again. They said I’m ready to go. I need some practice to get into game shape. This was the first time. Hopefully the last time.

“They said there are so many reasons it could have happened but they couldn’t find it. A lot of times it will never happen again. Hopefully, it never happens again.”

There is no timetable for Pavelec to return. Tuesday was about getting him on the ice and facing some goaltending duties.

“I’m medically cleared right now, but it will take time to get into game shape. They didn’t say when I’m going to be back. Hopefully as soon as possible. I need a couple more practices.”

Pavelec said he did not expect to be ready for either of the team’s upcoming two games – Wednesday against Buffalo and Friday against Tampa Bay. Coach Craig Ramsay said he did not anticipate that Pavelec would need a rehab start at AHL Chicago.

Pavelec, who suffered headaches from the concussion caused by the fall to the ice, said they are gone now after three or four days. He underwent a final neuro-psych test two hours before Tuesday’s practice and expected the results later in the day.

“I’m sick of it,” Pavelec said of all the testing. “I don’t want to see the hospital again.”

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Smoothie

October 19th, 2010
12:49 pm

Viv – thanks again for your yeoman’s efforts and the report from the horse’s mouth on Pavs’ return. Sounds as though he is doing well and is very motivated to get back in game shape. We’re gonna need him at some point so I’m happy he’s been cleared medically.

And did you see the breaking news on the Cormier court hearing? He plead guilty apparently and got an unconditional discharge. The question is: a discharge from what? Ever stepping foot in a QMJHL rink again as long as he can walk upright?

Alan R.

October 19th, 2010
12:56 pm

The question is: a discharge from what?

It’s a legal term, which basically means Cormier is not going to be punished, and the sentence is absolute. This means there are no conditions that he has to meet for him to remain a free man. As this sentence is passed down, this means the charge will not go on the record.

Russian

October 19th, 2010
1:02 pm

How is Cormier doing? I did not hear about him long time. How is his foot? After court made status, can he play in Atlanta or Chicago?
I am just wondering.
Thanks

Smoothie

October 19th, 2010
1:05 pm

Alan – sorry for the lack of a smiley, it was supposed to be a bit of tongue-in cheek humor. The whole process seems silly if there is no punishment, but then again, I guess it’s “time-served” with his long suspension. Not much more the QMJHL can do about it now. Hope he can put this behind him, learn from it and be a better person.

Cornbread

October 19th, 2010
1:05 pm

I think it was most likely a combination of dehydration, physical exertion, overheating, and big game excitement that caused him to go down. They will never know what it was for sure but every thing stated points to and starts with dehydration.

Alan R.

October 19th, 2010
1:07 pm

Sorry, Smoothie… hopefully, my post clears it up for others who might not know what the term is, though ;)

Smoothie

October 19th, 2010
1:15 pm

Cornbread – wasn’t there some indication of the possibility that he is afflicted with hypo-orthostatic BP (low salt)? I know I read something about that being a possibility. My brother has the same issue and I remember him collapsing in the bathroom once while I was in the shower. He hit his head on the sink and I thought he had died (I was only like 11 at the time). They ran test after test after test after test and couldn’t find anything wrong with him. Finally, they told him he probably suffered from low blood salt and he always keeps a bottle of salt tablets nearby in case he starts to feel dizzy or light-headed. He once even passed out cold at a Hooters restaurant in upstate NY. I personally think he was faking that time just so he could get sympathy from the waitresses!! ;-) Of course, the EMT didn’t think he was faking. I’m confident that if Pavs has a similar issue that they’ll have no problem keeping it under control or happening again. I hope.

Alan – no worries. It is an unusual turn of phrase…those silly lawyers!! :cool:

Always Hoping......

October 19th, 2010
2:09 pm

Chris-

Nice work as usual…..anyone wearing the “red” jerseys today?

[...] It might be a little while before he starts in net for the Atlanta Thrashers again, but there’s some good news regarding Ondrej Pavelec: he suited up for his first practice today, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. [...]

Thrashpuppy

October 19th, 2010
5:05 pm

Glad Pavelec is back on the ice and eager to get back into game shape. But I’m also glad that he and the team’s med team aren’t rushing him right back into a game. Best for everyone in the long run IHMO.

Thanks for the clarifications on the elbowing incident with Cormier.

Pavelec Practices | The Vancouver Canucks

October 20th, 2010
4:18 am

[...] continued [...]

Brendan

October 20th, 2010
8:37 am

Thanks for the story, Chris Viv. Is there any chance that Mannino might see some action?

Brendan

October 20th, 2010
11:03 am

I just saw a TV interview with Pavelec, and he seemed to be in very good spirits, and very healthy. That’s great.

East Point Bob

October 20th, 2010
8:28 pm

This game is a disgrace. What is wrong ? No effort at all and no drive or desire… Here we go again people.