Former Hound Dave Matsos collapses during road game in Barrie


A scary moment took place during last night’s Ontario Hockey League game at the Barrie Molson Centre between the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Barrie Colts.

Former Soo Greyhounds forward and current Hamilton Bulldogs head coach Dave Matsos collapsed on the visiting team’s bench in the final seconds of the game and was immediately attended to by paramedics.

The 44 year old was alert and responsive while being transported to hospital for precautionary measures.

There is still no word on what caused him to collapse, but Bulldogs president and general manager Steve Staios released a statement today on by saying, “We would like fans to know that Coach Matsos is resting comfortably at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie where he will be undergoing tests today. He is doing well and in good spirits. We want to thank Barrie EMS, the Barrie Colts and their medical staff, the OHL and the hospital’s doctors and nurses. We also want to to acknowledge the outstanding support of our Head Athletic Trainer, JP Laciak, who was with Dave on the bench when he became ill. We thank everyone who has reached out in support of Dave and his family with thoughts and well wishes. We will issue another update when more information is available.”

Matsos picked up his first win as Bulldogs head coach last night as they doubled up the Colts by a score of 4-2.

The 44 year old was promoted to Bulldogs head coach this past August after serving one season as the club’s associate coach.

Matsos, who helped the Bulldogs win their first J. Ross Robertson Cup last season, also played four seasons with the Soo Greyhounds from 1989-1993, where he helped the club win back to back J. Ross Robertson Cups (1991 & 1992) and one Memorial Cup (1993).


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