Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/19/06 at 09:04 AM ET
There were times over the past three years that Sharks goalie coach Warren Strelow — praised by ESPN the Magazine as the best at what he does — thought his days teaching the fine art of puck-stopping were over. An August 2003 kidney transplant began a downward spiral of problems that read like a medical textbook's worst case scenario — multiple infections; gall bladder surgery during which a laser nicked his liver; lymphedema; a loss of blood pressure; and a fall that broke his leg in three places. "They had me not living through the night three different times," Strelow, 71, said. "It was pretty touch and go." But now Strelow is taking part in his first training camp in four years. And while the intervening time has limited his mobility — Strelow uses a motorized scooter on the ice, for example — it has not damaged what goalie Evgeni Nabokov calls the "gifted eye."continued
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