Lanny McDonald reveals he has suffered a “cardiac event.”

Lanny McDonald reveals he has suffered a “cardiac event.”

National Hockey League legend Lanny McDonald suffered a “cardiac event” while traveling on Sunday.

Jonathan Larivee

National Hockey League legend Lanny McDonald has just made a stunning announcement.

The legendary former NHL player took to Instagram just minutes ago to announce that he had suffered a "cardiac event" while traveling over the weekend. Thankfully, due to the help of some very kind strangers, it sounds like McDonald is going to be ok.

Here is his statement in full:

It's true that that even old tough guys need some help sometimes; today, I want to extend my overwhelming gratitude to many members of our community. After spending a weekend wowed by hockey's best at the All-Star game in Toronto, I had a cardiac event after arriving back at the Calgary Airport yesterday.

Two selfless nurses who were passing by to catch their own flights immediately jumped into action. In the rush of the moment, Ardell wasn't able to get their names, but we are eternally grateful for their care and action... I owe them my life.

Further, to the incredible team of first responders from the Calgary Airport Police, Calgary Paramedics, Calgary Fire, and WestJet- I wish I could thank you all personally, as I know there were so many involved. They provided the highest degree of support, kindness and professionalism, and I am humbled to have been the recipient of their speed and expertise. Now here at the hospital, the amazing care continues, every nurse and doctor better than the next.

Thank you for the well wishes (news travels fast!). While I hang out here as the professionals figure out next steps for the ol' ticker, I'll try to convince the team here to bet on the Chiefs next Sunday, and never stop cheering for our Flames.