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by Paul on 10/23/11 at 12:43 PM ET
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Lightning assistant coach Wayne Fleming likely will not be with the team this season, GM Steve Yzerman said Saturday.
Fleming, 61, has brain cancer. Though those who have seen him and spoken to him say his mind is sharp — he sends text messages and e-mails to Yzerman and the coaching staff with suggestions and observations during games — he uses a wheelchair and is having another round of chemotherapy and radiation. In Calgary with wife Carolyn, Fleming has had one weeklong treatment every month since April’s surgery.
“He’s determined to beat this disease,” Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson said. “He loves watching Tampa Bay games. He lives for his family and hockey and the Lightning.”
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