Man Has Heart Attack Mid Hockey Game, But “Guardian Angel” Rushes To Save His Life.

In just an instant, everything can change. You could be perfectly safe and healthy one second — and fighting for your life in the next.

Jib Street was hit with that terrifying reality in January. The Canadian hockey player was in the middle of playing a game at the Pineville Ice House when all of the sudden, he dropped onto the ice. He had gone into cardiac arrest, and if not for the man he calls his “guardian angel,” he may not be here today.

jib falls on the ice

The rink’s camera recorded the harrowing moment he went down, unresponsive. Fellow players rushed to Jib’s aid, horrified by the sudden turn of events. By some stroke of incredible luck, he happened to be playing alongside Dr. Craig Bryant, an emergency room doctor. Nobody was more well-equipped to handle the situation than him.

hockey player checks on jib


Craig immediately began CPR on Jib, yelling for the other men to call 911. Fortunately, the rink had a defibrillator on hand as well. For over five long minutes, Jib didn’t have a pulse. But in what many are calling a “miracle on ice,” Craig finally got his heart beating again.

craig performs cpr

Craig ultimately saved Jib’s life, with the latter making a full recovery. For Jib, words can’t quite express how grateful he is.

“When I did see the video a couple of days ago, it is difficult to watch yourself go down and lie motionless on the ice. The gratitude comes from how fast this guy responded— that’s the miracle. I’m skating with an emergency room doctor,” Jib said.

craig performs cpr

The two later saw each other again in a heartwarming reunion full of hugs and smiles. That’s when Jib presented Craig with a small token of appreciation for pulling him back from the brink of death: a signed Wayne Gretski jersey!

jib hugs craig

Without Craig’s quick actions, it’s very likely Jib would have passed away on the ice that day. Thanks, Craig, for doing everything in your power to save another man’s life. You’re the definition of a hero.

Learn more about how Craig brought Jib back to life on the ice below, and be sure to share this miraculous story.

Miracle on the ice: Doctor saves fellow hockey player's life during game

PINEVILLE, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Typically, in the world of sports, the word "hero" is nothing more than hyperbole, but that’s not the case here, where are true hero got results in most critical time.Jib Street has been playing hockey his entire life– it’s almost expected in his home country of Canada. But, his life nearly ended during a hockey game at the Pineville Ice House in January.Street went into sudden cardiac arrest, and didn’t have a pulse for more than five minutes. The harrowing incident was all caught on the rink’s camera."When I did see the video a couple of days ago, it is difficult to watch yourself go down and lie motionless on the ice. The gratitude comes from how fast this guy responded– that’s the miracle. I’m skating with an emergency room doctor," Street told FOX 46.Dr. Craig Bryant sprung into action and immediately started CPR to keep Street’s heart viable, and thankfully, the Pineville ice center had an AED unit on hand."It took a village there were so many guys that were involved. Whether it was this guy that guy, the guys did what they could do. Everyone has expressed their concern and excitement that you’re doing well," Bryant said.Street made a full recovery, and was incredibly grateful to Bryant for his quick action., and FOX 46 wanted to be there for the moment when Street expressed that gratitude to the man who helped keep him alive."It is the absolute definition of getting results like we do at FOX 46, so when you get back on the ice, we have to be here for you guys," FOX 46 Sports Director Will Kunkel told Street.Wayne Gretzky may be considered "The Great One" in the world of hockey, but not for Street. For him, Dr. Bryant is not only the greatest, but his guardian angel."I want to share my prized possession with you," Street told Bryant in an emotional reunion, "to say thank you for saving my life.""Oh my gosh, look at this. That is amazing. Signed by Wayne Gretzky. I love you, man. Thank you so much," Bryant said.The two hugged, sharing an irrevocable bond, on the ice, and in life.February 7, 2019 by FOX 46 Web Staff

Posted by Ed Krymowski on Friday, February 8, 2019

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