Buffalo Sabres property Mark Pysyk, who is currently with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, reportedly collapsed during a pickup basketball game at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.
According to Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the 23-year-old was taken to hospital in an ambulance, but he was “fairly alert and his vital signs were close to normal”.
Pysyk played in Friday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies and was with the team this morning as they had a team breakfast and an off-ice workout.
Oklobzija added that Pysyk hasn’t had a similar issue in his three seasons with the Sabres.
Update: The Americans confirmed the Democrat and Chronicle story adding the defenseman is still being evaluated in hospital.
Originally the Sabres’ first-round selection (23rd overall in 2010), Pysyk has appeared in seven games with the Sabres this season registering two goals and an assist while averaging 18:11 in ice time.
He was reassigned to Rochester on Thursday following the Sabres 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Coach Ted Nolan expressed his desire to have the defenseman with the parent club this week.
“Last time he was up, he looked ready for prime time,” said Nolan on Monday.
Adding, “I know where he should be, but in the process we’re going through here, it’s out of our control.”
Pysyk has appeared in 51 AHL games this season registering three goals and 15 points to go along with 30 penalty minutes.