Red Wings defenseman plays in charity game

Updated: March 4, 2008, 5:05 PM ET
Associated Press

SAGINAW, Mich. -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer has returned to the ice for the first time since he collapsed during a game more than two years ago.

Fischer played in a charity hockey game Saturday in Saginaw. Proceeds helped raise money for automatic external defibrillators -- the device that revived Fischer when his heart stopped beating as he sat on the bench during a game against Nashville in November 2005.

Fischer told the Saginaw News it felt great to be back on the ice and "I was just enjoying the moment."

Fischer, a 27-year-old Czech Republic native, played 15:24 of the 45-minute game.

The event was expected to raise $15,000 to $20,000 for Fischer's Healthy Hope Foundation.

Fischer remains a member of the Red Wings, though he hasn't played since his collapse.


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