December 1, 2005

Red Wings’ Fischer hospitalized again for heart problems

SALVO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Detroit Red Wings
defenseman Jiri Fischer, whose heart stopped beating during an
NHL game last month, has experienced additional problems and
was hospitalized for two days this week, the team said.

Fischer experienced a irregular heartbeat while resting at
home on Monday and returned to the Detroit Medical Center for
testing and observation, the Red Wings said in a statement.

The 25-year-old Czech, who has had previous heart problems,
was released on Wednesday but is scheduled to undergo further
testing at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Fischer collapsed on the team bench during the first period
of a November 21 game against the Nashville Predators in

"His heart had stopped, and there was no pulse," Red Wings
coach Mike Babcock said.

Medical personnel restarted his heart and he was rushed to
a Detroit hospital, where he remained in and out for three

Doctors at the hospital told Fischer to refrain from
strenuous physical activity for four to six weeks, the Wings

Fischer had an abnormal electrocardiogram during team
physicals in 2002. He later passed a stress test and was
cleared to practice.

Babcock declined to describe the latest incident as a
setback for Fischer.

"We think everything's going to work out fine," Babcock
said. "That's what we've been told by our doctors."

"We're pulling for Fish to be as healthy as he can be and
get back to a normal life," the coach added. "What's normal
going to be? I don't think anybody knows yet. But I don't think
there's any point in over-reacting at this point."