One year later, Hirschfeld is seizure free and back on the ice
On January 8, 2016 Alden Hirschfeld was playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He was on the bench when he collapsed after suffering his fourth grand mal seizure in less than two years.
“I don’t really remember anything until I was in the hospital," Hirschfeld said. "Once I realized what happened, at that point I was upset, sad and frustrated, not knowing all that was happening.”
Doctors discovered a malformation in Hirschfeld’s brain. He could have lived with it and played hockey again, but the decision to have it surgically removed wasn’t about hockey. He wanted to live a better life.
“Brain surgery, there’s a lot of risk and things you have to be comfortable with or be able to deal with," Hirschfeld said. "It’s just one of those things where you bounce around and discuss and meet with a lot of doctors and see what’s best.”
Hirschfeld decided that putting an end to seizures was what’s best. Then, a few months after surgery, he began training with Dan Jones at EAO Sports. He was hopeful to return to the ice.
All of the training paid off when Hirschfeld was medically cleared to play and signed to return to the Toledo Walleye.
“He loves Toledo," head coach Dan Jones said. "He was born and raised right here, so he loves playing for the Walleye. [He's] just a great ambassador for the city of Toledo wearing our jersey.”
One year ago, Alden Hirschfeld’s future was uncertain. He had brain surgery hoping to be seizure free. Now, Hirschfeld is more appreciative than ever to be healthy and playing the game that he’s been playing for 25 years.