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Player stable following seizure

Detroit's Brendan Shanahan, left, and Robert Lang help Jiri Fischer's fiancee to the Wings bench as medical personnel work on Fischer after he had a seizure during the first period.
Detroit's Brendan Shanahan, left, and Robert Lang help Jiri Fischer's fiancee to the Wings bench as medical personnel work on Fischer after he had a seizure during the first period.
Julian H. Gonzalez, Associated Press

Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the Detroit bench late in the first period of Monday night's game against the Nashville Predators and was hospitalized in stable condition.

The team announced to the crowd that Fischer had a seizure and was doing fine. But Red Wings coach Mike Babcock later said Fischer's heart had stopped and was restarted.

"They hooked up the auto defibrillator and shocked him," Babcock said.

Fischer was also given CPR at the bench by team physician Dr. Tony Colucci before the 25-year-old native of the Czech Republic was removed on a stretcher.

The team did not immediately return telephone messages later Monday.

The game was called off with no makeup date immediately announced. As fans were still filing out, 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.

Fischer was diagnosed with a heart abnormality in September 2002.

Play was stopped with 7:30 left in the period after the Red Wings alerted officials to a problem. Medical personnel worked on Fischer at the door to the bench for several minutes before he was wheeled back toward the Red Wings dressing room.

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