Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Heroic Newfoundland hockey goalie saves fan in cardiac arrest

 In this Sept. 25, 2012 file photo, a nearly empty hockey stick rack in the locker room of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team is shown during the NHL labor lockout in Buffalo, N.Y. AP/David Duprey
Torstar News Service
Newfoundland hockey goalie Patrick O’Brien wasn’t scheduled to start Sunday afternoon, but he wound up making the save of a lifetime.

The paramedic, who plays for the Senior Hockey League’s Gander Flyers, was in the locker room getting ready for a game against the Corner Brook Royals when he was called on to help resuscitate a fan who had gone into cardiac arrest.

“I had my skates and one goalie pad on when my coach ran into the room and told me someone had collapsed on the ground,” O’Brien, 26, told Torstar News Service.

He found Gander Mayor Claude Elliot and Flyers’ board member Tom Whalen, both former paramedics, aiding the patient, who was lying at the foot of a set of stairs in the stands.

“I just jumped in and assisted with the CPR and started doing chest compressions,” O’Brien said

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