Phoenix Coyotes forward Brett MacLean was hospitalized following “a cardiac emergency” on the ice in Owen Sound, Ontario, the National Hockey League team said.
MacLean, 23, received cardiopulmonary resuscitation before being taken by ambulance to the hospital in Owen Sound on July 2. He was then flown to Knight University Hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit in London, Ontario.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Brett and his family,” Phoenix general manager Don Maloney said on the team’s website. “We request that everyone please respect their privacy at this time.”
Fabrice Muamba of English Premier League soccer club Bolton Wanderers was hospitalized for a month after his heart stopped for more than an hour during an F.A. Cup quarterfinal on March 17. Piermario Morosini, a 25-year-old midfielder on loan at the Italian soccer club Livorno from Udinese, died April 14 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match against Pescara.
The 32nd pick in the 2007 draft, MacLean has two goals and three assists in 18 career NHL games with Phoenix and the Winnipeg Jets.
MacLean played most of last season with the Portland Pirates, the Coyotes’ American Hockey League affiliate, where the London native had 25 goals and 23 assists in 63 games.
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