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Pens' Vokoun to play in 1st game since blood clot diagnosis in AHL on conditioning assignment

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 8:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Pens' Vokoun to play in 1st game since blood clot diagnosis in AHL on conditioning assignment

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - More than six months after undergoing a procedure to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun will return to professional hockey this weekend when he plays for the team's American Hockey League affiliate.

The Penguins on Tuesday announced that Vokoun, 37, will be re-assigned to the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for a conditioning stint.

The AHL Penguins play Friday, Saturday and Sunday but Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said Vokoun was not scheduled to play in all three — the maximum length for a conditioning assignment.

After being put on blood thinners last fall, Vokoun was cleared to practice in February and has done so regularly but is experiencing soreness. The initial timeframe for a return was 3-6 months.

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