There weren’t any big, dramatic, stereotypical signs. No chest pains or clutching feeling in his chest.
Instead it was a clammy feeling followed by a tingling sensation along his jawline.
Pete Weber knew something was wrong but didn’t quite grasp the severity of the situation until later when he was on the operating table for an emergency angioplasty with three stents put into one artery.
The Nashville Predators broadcaster had a heart attack on Feb. 6 while he was with the team in St. Paul, Minn., for a game against the Wild.
The longtime Buffalo broadcaster returned to the area Tuesday with the Predators, back calling play-by-play, and at ease talking about his medical episode.
“I feel absolutely great, and the strange thing is that I never felt bad,” Weber said. “It didn’t feel as if I was clearly in the throes of a heart attack.
“I didn’t feel any pressure on my chest. I felt cold and clammy, but I thought that was explained when I saw my hotel room ratcheted up to 85 degrees. I discarded that and went to the fitness center. I felt something I never felt before in my life, a tingling along my jawline. I shut it down, went down for my morning broadcast meeting. I guess my heart attack was like some of Peyton Manning’s passes in the Super Bowl – immediately intercepted.”
His broadcast team clearly saw something was wrong and immediately got him some aspirin and took him to Xcel Energy Center where trainers from both teams were ready to help. Shortly after that, EMTs took Weber to United Hospital and shortly after that he was preparing for surgery.
“I don’t think it really hit me until they wheeled me into the operating room,” Weber said. “The doctor was so calm and had such a great bedside, or operating tableside, manner that they had me relaxed.
“It really was a confluence of great people and location and the timing was perfect … you couldn’t have had a better set up. I could have been on a plane on one of our long flights. That didn’t happen. I was briefly reminded of it last night with Rich Peverley and was thankful he had all those people around him. Then it brought me back to when I was calling the game in Detroit in 2005 when Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench. Watching all that went on around, it was scary times.”
Peverley collapsed on the Dallas bench in the Stars game with Columbus Monday night. He was treated for a cardiac event, while Fischer suffered a seizure on the bench and required CPR and a defibrillator in that 2005 game.
Weber’s scary moment was mitigated by the calmness of the medical professionals who surrounded him. Meanwhile, word of his heart attack spread through Twitter, and he received many texts, Tweets and messages of support.
“One, it was humbling, and it also was shocking,” Weber said. “I heard from so many people so quickly. I heard from people I hadn’t heard from in a long time. It’s interesting how quickly the message gets out … but it was definitely overwhelming. I’ve tried to get back to everybody, but messages came from all corners and I even heard from people that I didn’t think gave a darn.
“It was heartwarming for me. I hate to use ‘heartwarming,’ but I can’t think of a better word.”
Weber is a member of the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame and broadcast Bisons games from 1983 to 1995. He then called Sabres games from 1995 to 1997. He has been with the Predators since 1998.
Los Angels Kings’ forward Jordan Nolan was given a one-game suspension by the NHL for a punch he threw at Jesse Joensuu in Edmonton on Sunday.
Ted Nolan said he speaks to both his sons every day, and talked to Jordan about the incident.
“It’s just one of those things where he got hit in some private parts and just thought hitting back was the right thing to do at the time, but it was the wrong thing,” Nolan said.
On the injury front, it sounds as if Chris Stewart will be out for the rest of the season. The forward has an ankle injury, and Nolan said the injury will take four to five weeks to heal. With only five weeks left in the season, it’s unlikely the Sabres will see Stewart back this year.
Nolan said Alexander Sulzer (undisclosed) could be back in the lineup Thursday at Carolina but that Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed) and Torrey Mitchell (lower body) were still not close to returning.
It was the first trip back to Buffalo for Paul Gaustad since he was traded to Nashville on Feb. 27, 2012. He scored an empty-net goal Tuesday. ... The Sabres are 1-5-2 all-time against the Predators at home. ... Drew Stafford became the 30th player to appear in 500 games as a Sabre.