On Saturday, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk dropped to his knees and collapsed during a game of pick-up basketball at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. The 23-year-old player was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital, but was released later that same day.
So far, there has been no word on what led to the collapse. Pysyk was sent back to the Rochester Americans following Thursday's 6-3 Sabres win against the Vancouver Canucks. Pysyk played the following night in the Amerks game against the Toronto Marlies without any complications. Pysyk has no prior history of health conditions.
Pysyk was a welcome addition to the Sabres roster during his most recent stint with the team. He scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday night's victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets and recorded 18 minutes and 19 seconds of ice time in Thursday's game against the Canucks. During that stretch, Pysyk was paired with defenseman Andrej Meszaros, who expressed surprise when asked about the collapse.
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"He seemed fine to me," Meszaros said in an interview with the Buffalo News. "He played very well. That would be news to me. He was unbelievable. I enjoyed playing with him. It was fun to see him come up and play well like he did."