SAGINAW, Mich. – Former Detroit defenceman Jiri Fischer wilt skate in a charity game on Saturday, marking the first time that Fischer will participate in a hockey game since he collapsed on the Red Wings bench due to heart complications.
The “Shocks and Saves” charity game will raise funds for a program sponsored by Fischer’s Healthy Hope Foundation and to put Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) in mid-Michigan schools and ice rinks.
And in light of the recent passing of Windsor Spitfires captain Mickey Renaud, a portion of the funds raised will also be donated to the Windsor Spitfires Foundation in honour of Renaud.
“Having Jiri commit to us that he will play in this game is a great opportunity for Spirit fans to come see Jiri on the ice for the first time since his heart failure incident on the Red Wings bench,” stated Spirit Managing Partner and President Craig Goslin.
On Nov. 21, 2005 Fischer collapsed during a game against the Nashville Predators. With the help of team doctor Tony Colucci and his teammates, Fischer was resuscitated in Joe Louis Arena using a defibrillator. Because of the incident, defibrillators are now mandatory medical equipment in most professional sports all CHL teams are required to have the device on hand in case of emergencies.
The Red Wings named Fischer Director of Player Development this season, but he still continues to research the causes of his heart failure.