Phoenix Coyotes prospect Brett MacLean was hospitalized Monday after suffering a "cardiac emergency" during a hockey game, the team announced Tuesday night. The 23-year-old forward received CPR and was eventually airlifted to a nearby cardiac intensive care unit.
"Brett was playing hockey last night in Owen Sound, Ontario when he suffered a medical emergency," said Coyotes general manager Don Maloney in a statement released by the team. "Brett received CPR on site and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance where he was treated. He was then transported via an air ambulance to Knight University Hospital in London, Ontario where he was admitted to the cardiac ICU.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Brett and his family. We request that everyone please respect their privacy at this time. We will provide an update on Brett's status when information is available."
MacLean, a second-round pick by the Coyotes in 2007, made his NHL debut in 2010-11 with 13 appearances for the Coyotes. He was subsequently waived at the end of the season before being claimed by the Winnipeg Jets, with which he played five games early this past season before being waived again. After being reacquired by the Coyotes, he spent the majority of 2011-12 with the team's AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine.