Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer had a seizure on the Detroit bench late in the first period of last night's game against the Nashville Predators and was listed in stable condition at a hospital.
Fischer was given CPR at the bench and a defibrillator was used before the 25-year-old native of the Czech Republic was removed on a stretcher. The game was called off with no makeup date immediately announced.
"His heart was stopped," Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock said. "They hooked up the auto defibrillator and shocked him."
Team spokesman John Hahn said Fischer was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital and was stable, breathing on his own and responsive.
"It's our understanding, the reports from the hospital, that he is fine and he will be fine," Babcock said.
Play was stopped with 7 minutes 30 seconds left in the period after the Red Wings alerted officials to a problem.
Fischer had a heart abnormality diagnosed in September 2002. The problem was found on an electrocardiogram as part of a routine battery of tests during the Red Wings' preseason physicals. Fischer was given a stress test that he passed. He said that his heart essentially is a little thicker than normal.
-- Associated Press