Defibrillators in hockey rinks, this is why they’re there

This isn’t a youth hockey story but it does highlight why there is a need to have these devices in hockey rinks.

His heart stopped while playing hockey. Revived by CPR and an automated external defibrillators, (AED) he’s determined to save more lives. Jib Street’s amazing story already has gone viral. He hopes his awareness campaign will, too.

Jib also was a regular at Friday afternoon pickup games at the Pineville Ice House. Everyone in town knew that was the time and place for the most experienced players. As of Jan. 18, Jib hadn’t played since around Thanksgiving.

He was eager to get back in action, partly to knock off the rust before an upcoming game with his son. Another reason: On New Year’s Day, he’d quit drinking, started eating healthier and began going to the gym. So as Jib drove to the Ice House, he was eager to see how his improved fitness would pay off.

About 12 minutes into the first game, Jib skated by the opposing goalie to head toward the other end of the ice. Jib wobbled a bit after changing directions, took two strides and veered right. He kept veering until landing hard on his right shoulder. An opponent glided over to check on him.

Another opponent, Dr. Craig Bryant, skated in with more urgency.

He determined that Jib had no pulse, wasn’t breathing and wasn’t responsive.

“Dial 911!” Craig screamed.

He knew it was time to start CPR – something he was accustomed to doing on the job but had never done outside a hospital. He also told players to fetch the rink’s AED.

When the AED arrived, the machine advised that Jib needed a shock to try restoring his heart’s rhythm. About the same time, the ambulance arrived.

By 12:20, Jib was breathing again.

By 12:22, Jib was on a gurney, headed to an ambulance. Players who thought they’d just seen someone die were now in awe of what else they saw. They responded by tapping their sticks on the ice, hockey’s traditional salute offering respect and appreciation.