Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving delivered some hopeful news Friday morning, telling reporters during a press conference that T.J. Brodie is “doing well” in his recovery from a scary on-ice incident during practice.
“He’s feeling good. He’s sore,” Treliving said. “All the tests have come back negative. He’s doing well. We’re not going to leave any stone unturned.”
Treliving, who was accompanied by team physician Dr. Ian Auld, said there’s “no set timetable” for Brodie’s return.
“There’s good news that he’s come through everything so far. He’s doing good, is on the mend,” Treliving added. “He’ll stay under the supervision of our team, led by Ian.”
On Thursday, Brodie collapsed on the ice during practice and began convulsing as teammates and staff rushed to attend to him. He was alert and responsive on the ice when first responders arrived, and was stretchered off the ice and taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Treliving applauded the quick action taken by everyone in attendance, and thanked the first responders for tending to Brodie during what was “an emotional day” for the team and those in attendance Thursday.
“It can happen to anybody, but especially when it’s a teammate, I think our team was very affected,” said Treliving, who added that he met with the team to provide an update earlier Friday. “Ian and I were at the hospital all while T.J. was there, and it was a stream — the whole team was up there at some point. They were very affected.”
The Flames announced later on Thursday that Brodie was discharged from the hospital after a series of tests and was able to continue recovering at home with his family.
Dr. Ian Auld told reporters that it’s likely Brodie’s episode was due to a fainting episode. Dr. Auld said Brodie will now undergo a series of tests to determine the cause of the episode, noting that many serious causes have already been ruled out.
“All the early indications are that it’s very likely more related to a fainting episode than it is something significant and inside the brain,” he explained.
As part of the next steps of Brodie’s recovery, the 29-year-old will meet with a neurology team as well and will also undergo some cardiology tests in addition to further meetings with general internal medicine practitioner.