Scary news out of Phoenix, where general manager Don Maloney issued the following statement about forward prospect Brett MacLean:
“Brett was playing hockey last night in Owen Sound, Ontario when he suffered a medical emergency. Brett received CPR on site and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance where he was treated. He was then transported via an air ambulance to Knight University Hospital in London, Ontario where he was admitted to the cardiac ICU. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brett and his family. We request that everyone please respect their privacy at this time. We will provide an update on Brett’s status when information is available.”
Officially the team is calling MacLean’s situation a “cardiac emergency.”
MacLean was taken 32nd overall in the 2007 draft by the Coyotes, and he scored 61 goals for the Oshawa Generals in his last season of junior, 2007-08. Still just 23, MacLean has not yet found his NHL footing, having been waived by both the Coyotes and the Winnipeg Jets in 2011. Phoenix reclaimed MacLean last October and he spent most of the season with the organization’s AHL affiliate.