Thrashers goalie Pavelec out of hospital
Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec was released from hospital Sunday, two days after a scary incident in which he lost consciousness and collapsed on the ice during the team's home opener.
The NHL team announced the news via Twitter.
Two minutes into Atlanta's first game of the season against Washington on Friday, Pavelec fell backward and lay motionless on the ice during a stoppage at the other end of the rink.
The 23-year-old had waved to the bench before his collapse. Trainers from both teams rushed to his aid and, after nearly 10 minutes of treatment, Pavelec left the ice on a stretcher and was taken to a local hospital.
Later in the game, the Thrashers said Pavelec was awake, aware and in stable condition at the hospital. Initial tests for a possible cause came up negative.
On Saturday, the team said Pavelec suffered a concussion from falling backward. Pavelec himself doesn't remember any of the game.
"The last thing I remember was the lights going on after the anthem," Pavelec told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday from the hospital. "I don't remember anything until I woke up in the ambulance and saw the doctor looking at me."
The team said it would provide more information on Pavelec's condition Monday.
Pavelec, a native of Kladno, Czech Republic, won Atlanta's No. 1 starting job last season. He played 42 games and had a .906 save percentage with a 3.29 goals-against average in 2009-10. Atlanta selected him 41st overall in the 2005 draft.
With files from The Associated Press