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Weekes collapses at camp

Kevin Weekes' seizure was blamed in part on heat and dehydration.

©Associated Press
September 16, 2002


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricanes and former Lightning goaltender Kevin Weekes was taken to the emergency room Sunday after having a seizure and collapsing during the first day of training camp.

Weekes was later released in good health after evaluations by the team doctor and neurologist.

"Currently, it would appear that heat and dehydration were factors in the seizure," team doctor Jay Stevens said.

Weekes had a CT scan and blood work at the hospital. Doctors said he could be cleared to practice by Tuesday but was not likely to return until Thursday.

Weekes was in goal while coach Paul Maurice instructed the rest of the players near center ice for a drill.

"He doesn't have a history of this. It was a complete surprise," Maurice said. "It wasn't a long stretch (after he collapsed) that we thought he was in trouble."

Weekes, 27, was acquired from Tampa Bay March 5 for forwards Shane Willis and Chris Dingman. He played in two regular-season games before leading the team to two victories to close out New Jersey in the East quarterfinals.

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