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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.

FEBRUARY 27, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
DOMINIK KUBALIK
3 - 3
BOBBY RYAN
3 - 3
MATT DUMBA
2 1 3
RYAN STROME
2 1 3
MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 2 3
KEVIN FIALA
1 2 3
RYAN ELLIS
- 3 3
CHRIS TIERNEY
- 3 3
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2 - 2
RASMUS ANDERSSON
1 1 2
CONNOR BROWN
1 1 2
KYLE CONNOR
1 1 2
RYAN DONATO
1 1 2
ADAM FOX
1 1 2
RYAN HARTMAN
1 1 2
JUSTIN HOLL
1 1 2
ZACH HYMAN
1 1 2
NIKITA KUCHEROV
1 1 2
BRAD MARCHAND
1 1 2
AUSTON MATTHEWS
1 1 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
64 99
DAVID PASTRNAK
65 90
CONNOR MCDAVID
58 87
ARTEMI PANARIN
62 87
NATHAN MACKINNON
62 85
BRAD MARCHAND
65 81
PATRICK KANE
64 79
NIKITA KUCHEROV
62 78
JACK EICHEL
62 77
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
64 77
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
65 46
AUSTON MATTHEWS
65 44
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
63 43
LEON DRAISAITL
64 37
SEBASTIAN AHO
62 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
64 62
JOHN CARLSON
64 57
CONNOR MCDAVID
58 56
ARTEMI PANARIN
62 55
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
64 55
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
64 72
ROMAN JOSI
63 58
VICTOR HEDMAN
62 53
QUINN HUGHES
62 51
ALEX PIETRANGELO
64 48
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
62 51
CALE MAKAR
54 45
DOMINIK KUBALIK
62 43
VICTOR OLOFSSON
48 40
NICK SUZUKI
66 40
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
47 32
JORDAN BINNINGTON
47 29
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
49 27
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
53 27
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
46 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
32 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
46 5
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
53 5
CAREY PRICE
55 4
JAMES REIMER
25 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS