GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 4-2 on Friday at Van Andel Arena to extend a franchise record with their 12th consecutive home victory, but the game’s ultimate result was the least of anyone’s concerns.
With 6:19 remaining in the second period, forward Alden Hirschfeld suffered a seizure on the Griffins’ bench. After being attended to by paramedics and Griffins medical and training staffs, he was transported in stable condition to a local hospital, where he is currently resting with his family and undergoing further evaluation.
The teams went to their locker rooms while the ice was resurfaced, play resumed with 6:19 remaining in the second and the Griffins holding a 4-1 lead, and the teams switched ends of the ice without an intermission to start the third period.
Grand Rapids, which regained enough focus to hold on to win for the 18th time in its last 21 outings, improved to 4-1 against the Central Division-leading Admirals this season, having won all three meetings at Van Andel Arena by a cumulative 11-3 margin.
The Griffins (20-11-0-1) will now look to extend their incredible run at home in a 7 p.m. Saturday start against a Lake Erie Monsters squad that ended their team-record 15-game winning streak in Cleveland on Dec. 27.
Saturday morning, Hirschfeld released a statement through the team:
“I’m feeling good. Obviously it was unfortunate what happened, but those are things that life brings and you’ve got to learn to deal with them.
I’m super thankful for all the kind words and thoughts and prayers from the fans, and especially the efforts of the paramedics, doctors and (Griffins athletic trainer) John Bernal. It was great to have my parents, my wife and daughter there to be with me.
I’m feeling good, obviously trying to just recover and take it easy for a couple days here, get some further evaluations from the doctors and then go from there. But hopefully I’ll be back on the ice very shortly and contributing to help whatever team I’m playing for win.”
Hirschfeld is traveling back to Toledo, OH with his family.