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Coyotes' MacLean has 'cardiac emergency'

Tuesday, 07.03.2012 / 9:05 PM / News

NHL.com

Phoenix forward Brett MacLean suffered a cardiac emergency Monday in Owen Sound, Ont., according to the Coyotes.

"Brett was playing hockey last night in Owen Sound, Ontario when he suffered a medical emergency," general manager Don Maloney said in a statement. "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, Ont., 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."

The 23-year-old, originally a second-round pick (No. 32) by Phoenix in 2007, spent most of last season with the Coyotes' AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, after being claimed on waivers from the Winnipeg Jets. He has two goals and five points in 18 NHL games with the Coyotes and Jets, but is a four-time 20-goal scorer at the AHL level.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round