The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Tomas Fleischmann will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season due to pulmonary emboli.
“The nature of his condition requires him to be on blood thinners for several months and he will be unable to play hockey during this time,” said Avalanche team physician Dr. David Mellman. “Tomas’ condition was discovered this afternoon when he was evaluated for shortness of breath.”
Fleischmann, 26, was acquired by Colorado from the Washington Capitals on Nov. 30. He tallied 21 points (8g/13a) in 22 games for Colorado, with 14 of those 21 points coming in either the third period (11) or overtime (3). He finished second on the club with 14 points (7g/7a) in 14 games during the month of December and was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for Dec. 13-19. He tallied his first career hat trick on Dec. 15 at Chicago, scoring all three goals in the third period.
The Koprivnice, Czech Republic native appeared in 45 combined games between the Avalanche and Capitals this season, tallying 31 points (12g/19a). In 305 career NHL games, Fleischmann has 159 points (68g/91a).