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Tomas Vokoun: ‘I don’t have any health issues’

Nov 30, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

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Tomas Vokoun, who has been out since near the end of September due to a blood clot, spoke publicly Saturday, and hasn’t ruled out a return to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

That’s according to the Penguins’ official Twitter account.

“I feel great. I don’t have any health issues. It’s hard to look that far ahead. Definitely if I can (return) I want to try,” said the 37-year-old Vokoun.

“In a month I’ll see the doctor (and) see what he thinks I should do. Then it’s up to me to weigh pros & cons and make a decision.”

Vokoun, in line to be the Penguins back-up goalie this season, had a blood clot in his pelvis dissolved in September. Initially, pain experienced at a practice led to the discovery of this clot.

In October, it was announced Vokoun would be out of the lineup for three to six months.

“I was lucky I was sent to hospital so quickly. I nearly died during weekend,” Vokoun said back in September.

“My foot was swollen, I had blood clots from mid-thigh almost to the heart. I was thinking about the end of my career. It would not be so difficult decision. Now I will do what doctors say. Health is clearly the main thing. I hope I have more than half of life ahead of me.“

  1. patthehockeyfan - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Good luck and good health to Vokoun. I hope he has a FULL life ahead of him.

  2. ironcity6pak - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Would love to see him play again but why chance it. Most people dont get a second chance at life, why waist it for a second chance to play hockey.

  3. steelers88 - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    I feel like Vokoun should just hang up the skates. He should focus on his health and his family before the Pittsburgh Penguins. I’d rather have him live a long life with his family then play hockey. Even if Vokoun did come back this year I’m not sure he would be the same as last year. I just don’t know. He really doesn’t need to rush it. Jeff Zatkoff his playing solid.

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