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NHL manager suffers sudden cardiac arrest, ‘catastrophic brain injury’

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September 29, 2023

Chris Snow, the 42-year-old National Hockey League assistant general manager for the Calgary Flames, suffered cardiac arrest on Tuesday, resulting in a significant brain injury that has left him unresponsive.

The heartbreaking news was shared on social media by Snow’s wife, Kelsie Snow, who stated that although medical professionals were able to revive his heart, the brain injury resulting from oxygen deprivation was “catastrophic.”

Kelsie expressed her deep anguish in the post, saying, “My chest feels cracked open and hollowed out. Chris is the most beautiful, brilliant person I’ll ever know and doing life without him feels untenable. Hug your people.”

According to The Daily Caller, Snow has been living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, since his diagnosis in 2019. Remarkably, due to an experimental treatment, he exceeded initial expectations that he would survive only about a year after his diagnosis.

The experimental treatment allowed Snow to remain actively involved with the Flames franchise, managing team analytics and other operations. Recently, in recognition of his expertise and dedication, Snow was promoted to Vice President of Data/Analytics by the team’s new General Manager, Craig Conroy.

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In a statement on X, the Flames emphasized Snow’s positive impact on the team, saying, “We cannot convey the impact Chris has on our organization, not only in his work but the leadership & positivity he brings. Despite his own challenges, he is a beacon of light, uplifting all of us around him. Our hearts are with Kelsie, Cohen & Willa as Chris continues to battle.”

Snow’s influence extends beyond hockey. Both he and his family have been heavily involved in ALS awareness campaigns, leading significant fundraising efforts with initiatives like #SnowyStrong and #TrickShotForSnowy.

Before his tenure with the Flames, which began in 2011, Snow was affiliated with the Minnesota Wild and had previously built a reputation as a reputable sports writer, according to The Daily Caller.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.