Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec is tended to by unidentified personnel in the first period of an NHL game between the Thrashers and Washington Capitals, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, in Atlanta, Ga. Pavelec collapsed to the ice in the early minutes of the season-opening game against the Capitals The team said the 23-year-old Pavelec lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital for further evaluation. Thrashers officials released no other information on his condition. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Curtis Compton) ** MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT **
ATLANTA - Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec has been released from the hospital but there's still no explanation for why he collapsed in the season opener.
The team announced via Twitter that Pavelec was released Sunday after being hospitalized for two nights.
The 23-year-old Pavelec suddenly fell backward in front of the net with no around just 2½ minutes in the season opener against Washington on Friday night. He sustained a concussion from hitting his head on the ice, but all tests to determine what caused him to collapse came back normal.
Pavelec was placed on injured reserve and Drew MacIntyre was called up from the minors to back up Chris Mason.