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Former NHL defenseman undergoes spinal surgery to remove cancerous tumor.

august 18, 2019
35-year-old Alex Sulzer has successfully had a cancerous tumor removed from his spine after "cervical spine surgery" earlier this week. The tumor was discovered after a routine check during training with his current team, Düsseldorfer EG of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

"I am doing well in the circumstances," said Sulzer in a news release. "The OP has gone well and successfully. The tumor could be completely removed. I am incredibly relieved and can now focus fully on the healing process. I would like to once again thank all people for the overwhelming sympathy and support."

Sulzer, a defenseman, played in the NHL for parts of seven seasons. Originally drafted in 2003 by Nashville (3rd round, 92nd overall), Sulzer suited up for the Predators, Florida, Vancouver and Buffalo, before signing a five-year deal with a team based in his home country of Germany in 2014. In 131 NHL games, Sulzer had seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points.

Sulzer was set to remain in hospital over the weekend, and will return home Monday if all goes well.

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