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Former Sharks player Hrkac potentially saves life with heroic act

Former Sharks player Hrkac potentially saves life with heroic act originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Tony Hrkac won the Hobey Baker Award in 1987 and a Stanley Cup in 1999, but all that might pale in comparison to what he accomplished on Jan. 4 at Crypto.com Arena.

The 57-year-old Tampa Bay Lightning scout, according to TMZ, saw an NHL employee “choking and turning ‘purplish’ while eating” in the pressbox during a matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings.

Hrkac gave the Heimlich maneuver to the choking person, who ejected part of a pretzel. After that, the choking person began to breathe normally.

Hrkac was an original member of the Sharks, skating during their 1991-92 expansion campaign. The centerman scored two goals and notched 10 assists in 22 games in teal.

In February of that season, the Sharks traded Hrkac to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 1993 sixth-round pick.

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