A Hell of a Save

Newfoundland goalie saves collapsed fan before game

By Sarah Doktor, QMI Agency
Monday, November 24, 2014 5:33:52 EST PM


Talk about a save.

Goalie Patrick O’Brien helped revive a fan that had gone into cardiac arrest before a Central-West Senior Hockey League game on Sunday afternoon in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Gander Flyers were set to face the Corner Brook Royals in Gander over the weekend when a fan collapsed in the stands from an apparent cardiac arrest.

O’Brien – who works as a paramedic with the Central Health Authority – raced from the Flyers’ dressing room to assist others tending to the fan while still wearing his skates, hockey pants and one goal pad. He began doing chest compressions on the man who was not breathing and had no pulse.

“I just hopped in and started chest compressions,” O’Brien told The Gander Beacon. “Anyone would have done what I did. I guess it’s just where it was at the rink and I had some of my gear on. But it’s what I do. It happens with some level of regularity [while on duty].”

Gander’s mayor Claude Elliot, a retired paramedic, along with Tom Whalen, a Flyers’ board member and former paramedic, also assisted the man before paramedics arrived. The man was then transferred to Gander’s James Paton Memorial Hospital.

O’Brien thanked the group in a Twitter post.

The goaltender wasn’t rattled by the drama and went on to play 23 minutes.​