The Calgary Flames aren’t even halfway through the 2019 – 2020 season and a significant injury has faced the team. Recently at a private practice, the most traumatic day in 25 years occurred or the Flames. Early into the two-hour-long practice one of their defencemen fell to the ground. TJ Brodie was standing idly during a blue line drill when he dropped to the ice and began convulsing similarly to seizures. Immediately, several players and the head coach rushed to Brodie’s side. They offered what support they could, securely holding his head and limiting the convulsions to the best of their abilities.
The assistant coaching staff and media reporters on the scene called 911 for an immediate ambulance, with medical staff and additional help assisting with the scenario until paramedics arrived on the scene. Before paramedics arrived, Brodie became conscious and uttered a few words to those around him. Afterwards, plenty of room was provided for the medical staff and for the anticipation of the paramedic’s arrival.
Fire officials and paramedics with Calgary arrived minutes after the call, who by that time had the general manager join the scene as well. Brad Treliving and Head Coach Bill Peters stood by his side while paramedics reviewed his condition. Bill Peters would remain at the hospital until Brodie’s release later on. Before being taken to the hospital, Brodie became fully aware of his surroundings and could sit up without the assistance of others. His fellow teammates skated to his side and tapped him gently, showing their support for Brodie. Eventually, he was lifted onto a stretcher and taken to Calgary’s downtown hospital.
The Calgary Flames, without their head coach and main defencemen, chose to cancel the practice. It didn’t take long for the general manager to tweet out a brief explanation of the experience. He noted that Brodie had an episode during the noon practice but was responsive, alert and being transported to the local emergency room for evaluation. Brad Treliving finished his tweet by letting fans know that there would be an update in the coming hours.
After four hours, the general manager sent out another tweet just before six at night. Brad issued out another tweet that mentioned multiple tests had been conducted on Brodie. The tweet let fans know that Brodie had been discharged from the hospital and will spend recovery time with his family for an undetermined amount of time. Brad Treliving iterated that an update would be provided on Brodie’s prolonged duration from the team on November 15th at the Calgary Saddledome.