Calgary Flames fans are expressing concern today after a terrifying scene took place on the ice during a practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Defenceman T.J. Brodie left practice on a stretcher after collapsing and convulsing on the ice. T.J. Brodie's health scare has led to an outpouring of support and well-wishes for the player on social media.
According to CTV News, when Brodie unexpectedly fell on the ice and began convulsing, his teammates immediately called for a doctor. The Flames’ athletic therapists, James Borreli and Mike Gudmundson, ran to the player’s aid.
The athletic therapists were able to stabilize the defenceman. He then laid on the ice for about 15 minutes before medics arrived and transported him to the hospital.
Brodie, 29, was awake and alert when he was taken from the ice on a stretcher, says TSN.
“TJ Brodie experienced an episode on ice at practice today. He is alert and responsive and has been transported to local area hospital for evaluation. We will provide a further update when available. Thank you.'#Flames GM Brad Treliving,” read a statement on Twitter from the Calgary Flames.
Canadians, Flames fans or otherwise, are deeply concerned about the player and wishing him a speedy recovery.
'TJ Brodie experienced an episode on ice at practice today. He is alert and responsive and has been transported to… https://t.co/tChzICEjiy— Calgary Flames (@Calgary Flames)1573761984.0
One Canucks fan wrote, "This Canucks fan is sending TJ Brodie warm wishes for a speedy recovery!"
"Prayers right now for TJ Brodie and his family. After collapsing and convulsing on the ice in practice, hope all is well," wrote another Twitter user.
Other messages of a similar nature like "i hope TJ Brodie is okay. that’s really scary. prayers out to him," and "hoping for good news about tj brodie," have been flooding the internet.
@NHLFlames The hockey world is hoping for a quick recovery for TJ Brodie! Get better soon. Well wishes.— Aᴠᴀʟᴀɴᴄʜᴇ Fᴏʀᴇᴠᴇʀ (@Aᴠᴀʟᴀɴᴄʜᴇ Fᴏʀᴇᴠᴇʀ)1573764689.0
Stay strong TJ Brodie. We're ALL pulling for you and get better soon.— Did You Know (@Did You Know)1573764422.0
@NHLFlames Wishing TJ Brodie gets well soon. More importantly make TJ Brodie takes the necessary time to be healthy and safe.— Geoffrey Guttmann - WEAR A MASK (@Geoffrey Guttmann - WEAR A MASK)1573763930.0
Hockey fans are coming together to share their encouraging messages with T.J. Brodie, proving that the hockey community is far bigger than just the team you cheer for.
Brodie hails from Chatham, Ontario and wears number seven for the Calgary Flames. The Flames will be providing updates as they come in.