The Atlanta Thrashers opened up their season on Friday night at home hosting the Washington Capitals. The mood of excitement and optimism quickly was erased by a scary moment. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who was beginning the year as the team’s starter for the first time, lost consciousness and collapsed just two and a half minutes into the game. Here’s a video of the freaky situation:
The 23-year-old netminder was taken to the hospital where he regained consciousness. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Pavelec is in stable condition and being held overnight for observation. Though they’re unsure what caused the collapse, I’ll play doctor for a moment and suggest the combination of enthusiasm and nerves probably overcame Pavelec who blacked out. Let’s just hope he’s not suffering from a serious medical condition.