BY TERRY BRIDGE, LISTOWEL BANNER SPORTS
OWEN SOUND – Brett MacLean was supposed to be in Listowel on Thursday for a charity golf event, but that won’t be happening after he suffered a medical emergency while playing pickup hockey early last week.
MacLean was scheduled to appear at the annual Listowel Charity Golf Classic on July 12 – he has participated at previous versions of the tournament – but suffered a cardiac emergency while playing hockey with friends in Owen Sound on July 2.
According to various reports, the 23-year-old collapsed during the game on that Monday night, then received CPR and three shocks from an automated external defibrillator.
He was taken to hospital in Owen Sound and eventually transferred to London, where his family reported last Friday his condition was steadily improving.
A Charity Golf Classic committee member relayed on Monday afternoon that he had not been able to contact MacLean directly, but considering the circumstances he was fairly certain he would not be attending.
The Port Elgin native has played in 18 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets, but has spent most of his four-year pro career in the American Hockey League.
He plays pickup with a group of friends twice a week during the summer, something he’s done since his days in the junior ranks.
MacLean has another connection to North Perth through his younger brother.
Miles MacLean, 21, played 93 regular-season games with the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Listowel Cyclones from 2008-10, registering 82 points.
He added 12 more points in 17 playoff games.