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by Alanah McGinley on 05/03/11 at 04:35 PM ET
From Brian Compton at NHL.com:
While the Lightning spent Tuesday morning preparing for Game 3 at the St. Pete Times Forum, assistant coach Wayne Fleming was undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor. Fleming, 60, was diagnosed with the malignant tumor last month. He also had surgery on April 7, a strong indication of just how serious his condition is.
Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher admitted to reporters that Fleming was mentioned during Tuesday morning’s meeting—the club did not take the ice—and how secondary this game becomes when something as potentially devastating as what’s happened to Fleming becomes reality.
“We did bring it up, but it wasn’t to draw for inspiration,” Boucher said. “I think we brought it up to make sure the players are aware what’s going on. It’s not something we want to hide. It’s obviously a very, very serious operation. To be honest with you, I can’t wait to see how it went. It’s a very tough day for him (and) for his family and for our team. We care about the man. Hockey’s way behind all that.”
Update 10:00pm ET: On CBC’s HNIC, Ron MacLean reports that Wayne Fleming is awake and talking after his major surgery today.
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