Brett MacLean continues to recover and Dan Boyle is becoming increasingly pessimistic

Former professional hockey player Brett MacLean has been making strides in his recovery following a sudden cardiac arrest during a pick-up game this summer in Owen Sound, Ontario.

MacLean was fortunate as the survival rating for cardiac arrests in a very low five percent outside of hospitals. Fortunately, others sprung into action as two player performed CPR until a firefighter was able to find the arena’s defibrillator before he was airlifted to a hospital in London.

From Chris Johnston on the AHL’s official website:

The miracle that saved his life was accompanied by news that he’d have to end his hockey career. With the cause of MacLean’s cardiac arrest unknown, doctors inserted an implantable cardiac defibrillator, which will monitor his heart for abnormalities and prevent him from participating in contact sports.

However, MacLean had vowed to turn his experience into something positive before he was even discharged from hospital.

He quickly made contact with the Heart and Stroke Foundation through his Twitter account and took part in the launch of the charity’s new awareness campaign last week in downtown Toronto. Just three months on from a life-altering event, he’s willing to speak openly about what he went through and help spread the word on behalf of the foundation.

MacLean is now exercising again and while he’s never play professional hockey again, he has started taking classes with an eye on landing a job in the field of sports. He’s an inspiration for not feeling sorry for himself and moving past this scary and completely unexpected event. This also shows just how important it is to know CPR as you never know when it may be needed.

MacLean played 18 games in the NHL the past two seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets, recording two goals, five points, four PIM and a plus-1 rating. He was a consistent scorer in the minors, playing three seasons with the San Antonio Rampage and one with the Portland Pirates, totaling 99-104-203, 149 PIM and a plus-28 rating in 264 games following four seasons in the Ontario League with the Erie Otters and Oshawa Generals. In 245 games in junior, he recorded 131-157-288, 181 PIM and a plus-34 rating.

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Dan Boyle. (Ivan Makarov/Wikimedia Commons)

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle is among the growing number of people becoming more pessimistic about the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. His reasoning is, as reported by TSN, he believes not all the owners are on the same page. Because only eight owners are required to turn down a proposal by the Players’ Association, Boyle believes there are eight owners and Commissioner Gary Bettman are in control of the negotiations while the majority of the owners would like to see the season start as soon as possible.

From TSN:

He said the players are willing to provide concessions and thinks the majority of owners would be willing to negotiate, but a select group of owners and commissioner Gary Bettman will not allow a deal to happen at this point.

“I don’t see anything happening for the next couple months,” he said. “I know that’s very pessimistic of me, and I really hope I’m wrong. But the eight guys…what if there’s 22 teams out there that want to play right now? How do eight teams control their fate? That bothers me the most.”

If it really is a select group of owners stalling, that should bother a lot more people.

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The Fargo Force of the United States League has a new captain as teammates selected stay-at-home defenseman Dominic Racobaldo to be their leader. The native of Pennsauken, New Jersey is in his second season with the Force and his third in the USHL. He started with the Omaha Lancers during the 2010-11 season and was traded to Fargo early last season.

In 100 career games, Racobaldo has one goal and 16 points, 107 PIM and a plus-1 rating.

Forward Nate Arentz and defensemen Taylor Flemming and Justin Wade will serve as alternate captains for the team this year.


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