Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/02/10 at 01:49 PM ET
from Lindsay Kramer at NHL.com,
The low point wasn’t the pain in Anaheim forward Joffrey Lupul’s back as much as it was the anguish on the face of his father, Craig.
Craig Lupul was one of the family members and friends who gathered in Joffrey’s house in Newport Beach, Calif., last June as Joffrey tried to recover from two back surgeries. Six weeks of antibiotics was thought to have cured a subsequent infection, but another one was attacking him hard and his family could only watch as Joffrey struggled to get well.
Lupul could manage the physical discomfort. But reading the worry on Craig’s face was a sobering tip-off to a real career threat at hand.
“I literally couldn’t leave the house. I was in a lot of pain. It wasn’t the pain I was concerned about. It was six months after the surgery,” Lupul said. “Those thoughts (that he might be done playing) stick into your head. You want to block them out.”
No matter which team you cheer for, it is always nice to see a story like this turn out with a positive ending.
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