Defibrillator 'brings back' collapsed hockey player

Gentlemen's hockey league players use a defibrillator on one of their fellow players who collapsed...

Gentlemen's hockey league players use a defibrillator on one of their fellow players who collapsed on the Memorial Centre ice Monday night. (RONALD ZAJAC/QMI AGENCY)

Ronald Zajac, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:48 PM ET

A defibrillator in the Brockville Memorial Centre lobby saved the life of a gentlemen's hockey league player who collapsed on the ice, his buddies said Monday night.

Players said Dan Doyle collapsed during a Brockville Gentlemen's Hockey League game and was lifeless on the ice until two defibrillator shocks revived him.

“He was gone. We brought him back,” said Kim Hansen, a Prescott dentist and one of the players who responded to the emergency.

Firefighters said Doyle was conscious when being taken to hospital.

Doyle, a member of the Hendrix team, was returning to the bench after a shift in a game against the Bud's on the Bay squad when he fell on the ice around 8:30 p.m.

Teammates and opponents alike at first thought he was kidding around, said witness Mark McGlynn.

“After a few minutes, panic set in because people could see he wasn't breathing,” added McGlynn.

Luckily, the arena lobby houses one of the defibrillators the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville has set up in the community for public use.

“The second shock brought him back,” said Hansen. “That was the saving grace, that defibrillator.”

Players from both teams rushed to respond, including Hansen, Bob Wheeler, Al Perry and Chris Robertson.

“We were a team,” said Hansen.

Robertson agreed Doyle appeared lifeless before the defibrillator shocks.

“He was out. He didn't have a pulse,” he said.

Brockville firefighter Doug Pert, who was among the emergency responders who rushed to the scene, said Doyle was conscious and talking as Emergency Medical Services paramedics placed him in an ambulance.

Pert had no further details about the cause of the victim's collapse. Doyle was taken to Brockville General Hospital.


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