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by Paul on 05/18/11 at 11:11 PM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
For a while there, Gerry Cheevers felt a little badly about not being able to accept the invitation.
The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, you see, had asked Cheevers to attend this Friday night’s opening game in the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup, at which his St. Mike’s jersey from the ’61 championship team was to be retired.
Cheevers had to beg off because he knew he had knee replacement surgery scheduled for mid-April in Florida, a procedure that had been moved up from August when his surgeon had a surprise opening.
But Cheevers, 70, had an even bigger surprise coming.
The stress test prior to his knee surgery revealed a 95 per cent blockage in his heart, and instead of fixing a joint, doctors put Cheevers under the knife the next day for open-heart surgery and a quadruple heart bypass.
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