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Olli Maatta Will Have Surgery To Remove A Tumor On His Neck

via a Pittsburgh Penguins release.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is scheduled to undergo surgery next week to remove a tumor from his neck that could be a low-grade thyroid cancer.

“Olli will have surgery to remove the tumor,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect that he will need radiation or chemotherapy, and we anticipate a complete recovery. In all likelihood, Olli will go on to live a healthy life and this should not affect his ability to play hockey long-term.”

Maatta, 20, has been cleared to play until the time of the surgery.

Vyas said he will likely be able to return to the lineup within four weeks.

“Obviously our first concern is for Olli and his health,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “He is an outstanding young man and has a tremendous future ahead of him. The doctors tell us that this is a very treatable condition, and that it can be taken care of with the surgery. The Penguins organization will be there for him and support him every step of the way.”

Vyas said the tumor was discovered during pre-season physicals by UPMC physician Dr. Eric Anish. Doctors ran multiple tests before reaching their diagnosis.

Maatta has one goal and four assists for five points in seven games this season, including two points in the past two games. He is averaging 20:12 of ice time.

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Comments

Evilpens's avatar

Thank God the caught it early, But this Franchise is CURSED! shut eye

Posted by Evilpens on 10/27/14 at 12:05 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

he has been a beast playing with this knowledge since they found it ! kid is so mentally & emotionally strong. That is what makes him so good of a D Man !

Posted by Evilpens on 10/27/14 at 12:09 PM ET

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