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Flames prepared for worst

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Jiri Fischer's collapse in Detroit Monday night has given Calgary Flames president Ken King reason to review his team's own emergency strategy.

And, according to King, the Saddledome setup passed with flying colours.

"We are where we should be and that one would hope in the event of a similar or other circumstances that we could respond as effectively as they did," said King.

The 25-year-old Red Wings defenceman collapsed on the bench late in the first period of a game against the Nashville Predators. Team physician Tony Colucci performed CPR on Fischer and a defibrillator was used to help revive him.

Colucci said Fischer's heart may have stopped.

"I think the building people, the team people and the medical people are to be commended for what a wonderful job they did in responding," King said.

The Saddledome has three defibrillators -- one on the event floor, one in the dressing room medical office and one in the on-site ambulance, which is stationed at every game.

"When you have 19,000 people in any facility, you need to know that you need to be ready," said King.

"The eventualities or the issues that could take place might be the first ever."


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