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Tomas Vokoun hopes to re-start his NHL career soon

I'm not sure where Tomas Vokoun will end up this summer, but the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno reports that Vokoun is something he hasn't been in a while now--healthy:

Severe blood clots took a full season away from Tomas Vokoun. The veteran goaltender hopes they didn’t end his NHL career.

Vokoun turns 38 next week, a day after he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Save for a minor-league rehab stint in April, he hasn’t played a meaningful game in over a year, but he’s fully healthy and hopes he can catch on as a backup somewhere.

“I don’t feel like I’ve missed a season, if that makes any sense,” Vokoun said in a phone interview last week from his home in South Florida. “I know what to do, I’ve played the game for 30 years. I played over 700 games in the NHL, I know mentally what I need to do.”

Mentally, Vokoun should still be sharp. He skated with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates for four months after getting off a blood thinner and being medically cleared to practise in late January into early February.

Physically, the Czech native said the syndrome that was contributing to an artery pushing on a vein – which doctors corrected by putting stents in – had “zero effects” on his lifestyle, even though the clots could have been life-threatening.

“As soon as they let me out of the hospital ... within a week I could’ve run, I could’ve lifted weights, I could’ve played tennis, I could’ve played soccer,” Vokoun said. “I could’ve done everything I wanted to. It wasn’t like I was on bed rest for two months and I have to start all over. I kept myself in shape.”


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