TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 21: Assistant General Manager Chris Snow of the Calgary Flames poses with his wife Kelsie, and their children Cohen, 10, and Willa, 7 during the 2022 NHL Awards at Armature Works on June 21, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
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Calgary Flames Executive Not Waking Up After Cardiac Arrest

Calgary Flames assistant general manager Chris Snow is being taken off life support after suffering cardiac arrest.

In an update provided by his wife, Kelsie Snow, Calgary Flames assistant general manager, Chris Snow, will not wake up after suffering cardiac arrest.

In her update, Kelsie mentioned that the tests performed on Wednesday confirmed that diagnosis.

"Tests yesterday confirmed that Chris will not wake up. In life, Chris offered his body to a clinical trial to help others. In death, he will do the same. He remains on life support while organ donation is arranged. We are so proud of him," she stated.

Snow, 42, has battled ALS for the last four years. He was diagnosed with that in 2019. Following that diagnosis, he was given 12 months to live, but he exceeded those expectations mightily.

His wife, Kelsie released a statement on Wednesday stating that he had become unresponsive and went into cardiac arrest. She also shared that while doctors and paramedics were able to get his heart beating again, due to a lack of oxygen, he suffered a "catastrophic brain injury."

"With a shattered heart I've come to share that yesterday Chris became unresponsive and went into cardiac arrest," Kelsie said.

"Paramedics and doctors were able to get his heart beating again but, devastatingly, a scan showed Chris has suffered a catastrophic brain injury caused by lack of oxygen. His doctors do not expect him to wake up from this.

"My chest feels cracked open and hollowed out. Chris is the most beautiful, brilliant person I'll ever know, and doing life without him feels untenable. Hug your people."

Despite his health issues, Chris continued working for the Flames, also serving as the VP of Hockey Operations.
"We cannot convey the impact Chris has on our organization, not only in his work but the leadership & positivity he brings. Despite his own challenges, he is a beacon of light, uplifting all of us around him. Our hearts are with Kelsie, Cohen & Willa as Chris continues to battle," the Flames posted on their X account.

Snow is a former sportswriter who covered the Boston Red Sox before switching to work with professional teams in 2006. His career switched from baseball to hockey, joining the Minnesota Wild in 2006 and then the Flames in 2011.
Together, he and Kelsie have two children, Cohen and Willa.

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