Toronto rink staff save hockey player's life

MARYAM SHAH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:03 AM ET

TORONTO - Battles of life and death occasionally play out on a hockey rink.

That was the case in one Etobicoke arena when a hockey player in his 60s collapsed on the ice and stopped breathing Monday night.

Two rink employees immediately sprang into action and ended up bringing him back to life.

Dany Revelle, 27, and Bartley Blair, 36, were on duty at Canlan Ice Sports on Martin Grove Rd. when someone alerted them to a player who had hit the ground and wasn’t breathing.

Grabbing an automatic external defibrillator (AED) from the hallway, the two sprinted towards the rink.

“When we got to him, he was purple,” Revelle recalled Thursday. “He was dead.”

Blair began chest compressions as Revelle started defibrillation. The first shock “pretty much lifted him straight off the ground” as the player gasped for air.

“Right from a movie, arms shaking and everything,” Revelle said.


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