Since my return from Detroit Red Wings Skill and Development Camp in Traverse City, Mich., last week, Ive constantly been asked which player impressed me the most.
At first, I'd say defenseman Ryan Sproul or forwards Martin Frk and Anthony Mantha.
But my mind keeps going back to Jiri Fischer.
Fischer hasn't played an NHL game since Nov. 21, 2005. On that night at Joe Louis Arena, he collapsed on the Wings bench and went into full cardiac arrest.
If not for the quick response by Detroit's medical staff -- administering CPR and using an automated external defibrillator -- Fischer, now 32, would have died right there.
I dont remember anything that happened on the bench that night against Nashville, Fischer told me a few years ago. I dont remember any ambulance ride or doctors working on me.
"I remember all of my life except for a half-hour of it. I am hoping one day it will come back to me.
Ive already died once. Every time I say that I feel like the luckiest guy. I was tol...