Griffins Release Statement on Alden Hirschfeld Collapse
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids Griffins forward Alden Hirschfeldsuffered a medical incident on the team's bench with 6:19 remaining in the second period of tonight's game against the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena. After being attended to by paramedics and Griffins medical and training staffs, he was transported to a local hospital in stable condition for further evaluation. More information will be made available as warranted.
The game was temporarily suspended with the Griffins leading 4-1. The teams went to their locker rooms while the ice was resurfaced, and play recently resumed with 6:19 remaining in the second period.
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UPDATE: The Griffins and Hirschfeld have released the following:
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Following his seizure during last night's Grand Rapids Griffins game and his subsequent evaluation at the hospital, forward Alden Hirschfeld was in good spirits Saturday morning as he visited his teammates and coaches in the team's locker room at Van Andel Arena.
Now traveling to Toledo to rest at home with his family, Hirschfeld released the following statement:
"I'm feeling good. Obviously it was unfortunate what happened, but those are things that life brings and you've got to learn to deal with them.
I'm super thankful for all the kind words and thoughts and prayers from the fans, and especially the efforts of the paramedics, doctors and (Griffins athletic trainer) John Bernal. It was great to have my parents, my wife and daughter there to be with me.
I'm feeling good, obviously trying to just recover and take it easy for a couple days here, get some further evaluations from the doctors and then go from there. But hopefully I'll be back on the ice very shortly and contributing to help whatever team I'm playing for win."