Indeed, it sometimes seems like having a defibrillator on hand is just as important a part of the pregame preparations as making there's enough beer or that you're wearing your lucky sweater.
But for Dave Thomas, a resident of Chicago's western suburbs, that joke turned into a reality on Monday night. The Oswego, Ill., resident went into cardiac arrest while watching Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The good news is that Thomas survived the episode and got to watch Wednesday night's Game 4 from his hospital bed in Naperville.
And despite Game 4 being a roller coaster ride that seemed primed to cause more cardiac arrest, Thomas survived a 6-5 OT victory that tied the series at two games apiece.
Not that there weren't some anxious moments. (Thanks, Corey Crawford!)
NBC Chicago's Madhouse Enforcer has more on the story:
"My heart monitor was off the charts and I was yelling like I was in a bar!" [Thomas] said in an email. "The whole cardio floor had the game on! I love my Hawks but guys you're killing me for real!!"
Thomas hopes to get out of the hospital for Game 5.
Game 5 is on Saturday night and you have to expect Thomas will be back at home — or maybe even at the United Center if his newfound fame is able to score him a pair of tickets.
Shaking off a grabber, after all, is all part of the Chicago "Superfans" experience.
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