Peterborough Phoenix ice hockey team raises money for defibrillator following teammate diagnosis


The Peterborough Phoenix ice hockey team raises money for a defibrillator at Planet Ice.

Following Christian Eriksen’s near-fatal cardiac arrest during the Euro 2020 football tournament, the Peterborough Phoenix ice hockey team decided to raise money for a defibrillator. The team members found him close to home because one of their founding members also suffers from the same genetic heart disease as Eriksen.

The team felt compelled to “do what they could” and were shocked that there was no defibrillator at Planet Ice, Bretton, the stadium they regularly use. The team is now pulling out all the stops for a charity match to be held on Saturday December 11 at Planet Ice. The event is free but donations for the defibrillator are encouraged.

In the game Peterborough Phoenix will face the Peterborough Predators with both teams made up of players with a mix of abilities and ages.

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The Peterborough Phoenix ice hockey team raises money for a defibrillator at Planet Ice.

There will be new players and even former Peterborough Pirates of yesteryear.

Team Director Jackie Coulson said: “One of the founding members of Peterborough Phoenix suffers from a genetic heart disease – HOCM Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy – the same disease that saw Patrice Muamba and Christian Eriksen’s collapse on the football field.

“These are the most public instances of this hidden killer. The difference for these players was that there were medically trained personnel and access to a defibrillator.

“It is believed that one in 500 people may suffer from a form of cardiomyopathy that goes largely unnoticed / diagnosed, killing many apparently healthy people each year.

“Having access to a defibrillator can literally mean the difference between life and death – every second counts when your brain is not receiving vital oxygen supplies.

“We hope people enjoy the game and thank you for your contribution to our effort to fund a public access defibrillator for the Bretton public and rink users. Thank you to all of our supporters so far and to everyone who volunteered or donated and of course to our opponents the Peterborough Predators. “

The team have so far raised over £ 700 and are on track to meet their goal of £ 1,200.

Phoenix player Richard Bellington (42) said: “Everyone on the team is behind. Everyone helps the companies they work for by sponsoring us or by donating prizes and cakes.

The IT manager who lives in Orton Northgate said: “We hope we can put on a show and sporting event that people will enjoy and remember, and dig deep in their pockets to help us. We usually play with a small handful of people we know, but for this game we do our best to fill the place and create an amazing atmosphere. “It’s all a team effort. A conversation in the locker room that led to talk of heart disease and the fact that there was no defibrillator near a sports venue – a plan was born. We knew we all had to do something about it. Rather than complaining and finding ways to fundraise to set one up. ”

To make a donation, click here. You can stay up to date with the Peterborough Phoenix team on their twitter account at @PhoenixIHC