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12-04-2009, 09:53 AM
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Okay, What's the latest with Kari? It's been 5 weeks, since his latest surgery. Is he skating already? Joining team practices soon?
An article from a few weeks ago (which you may have already seen) is
Headline: “Career is not over”
Kari had his first back surgery in 20th July but the pain didn’t go away. After numerous examinations by different doctors he found a specialist in Rochester who operated his back again. Before the surgery Kari’s left feet was practically “unworkable”.
“When I awoke from the surgery I was like a new man. All the pain was gone and now my spirit is high.” He can start a careful practicing after two weeks and could even be able to play after a month. He’s very keen to get play again: “Ice hockey has been a big part of my life so living whit out hockey has been really difficult.”
He hasn’t lived up to all the expectations, injuries have limited his playing and his physics has been criticized. Many have even thought that his career is over. “I know that people doubts and talks *****, but that alone gives me motivation to show that I’m still able to stop pucks. All this pushes me forward.”
About Ondrej Pavelec: “It’s going to be interesting, when I get back on ice and competitions for playing time begins. Pavelec has done excellent job.”
Lehtonen has never been an exercise-addict and some people claims that his injuries are result from that. “Guru-guy (specialist who operated the back) said that the back problem was congenital. But now it should be fixed.” He is very hopeful because now he doesn’t feel any pain for the first time in months.
I don't think he has been on the ice yet but has been at the practice facility. Currently, still projected to be an early 2010 time-frame for games.
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