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Vokoun will miss the remainder of the 2005-06 regular season as well as the playoffs.
Nashville, Tenn. - Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun has been diagnosed with a blood condition called pelvic thrombophlebitis and is undergoing treatment at Baptist Hospital under the supervision of Predators head team physician Dr. Michael Pagnani, M.D. and team internist Dr. Richard Garman, M.D. While a full recovery is expected, Vokoun will miss the remainder of the 2005-06 regular season and post-season.
"Since being diagnosed with this condition, Tomas has been hospitalized and is receiving medication and undergoing additional tests," said Poile. "His treatment, which includes blood-thinning medication, will prohibit him from playing hockey through the remainder of this season. He will continue to be monitored by Dr. Pagnani and Dr. Garman and we are hopeful that he will be discharged from Baptist Hospital in the next few days."
"Tomas had pain in his lower back after our game against St. Louis on April 1," explained Pagnani. "After initial MRI tests of his back showed nothing to explain his back pain, further studies were performed that revealed blood clots located in veins in his lower abdomen. Tomas did not sustain an injury to this area, and the tests have not revealed any definite cause for the blood clots."
"The treatment for this uncommon medical condition is blood-thinning medication, and he will require this treatment for a number of weeks," added Dr. Garman. "In time, we expect a full recovery."
Vokoun, 29 (7/2/76), has posted a record of 36-18-7 with a 2.67 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 61 games for the Predators this season. The franchise's all-time winningest goaltender ranks among NHL leaders in wins and save percentage. He has been named the NHL's Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, and the Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic native helped lead his country to a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.
"Tomas is an extremely important and valuable part of our team, and his presence will be missed," said Poile. "Our thoughts and support are with him as he begins the recovery process, and we are confident that he will have a complete recovery. We know what kind of a person and what kind of a competitor he is; that being said, he will do everything in his power to get back on the ice, and we look forward to seeing him in training camp this fall."
Audio: Listen to Monday's press conference with GM David Poile, head team physician Dr. Michael Pagnani, M.D. and team internist Dr. Richard Garman, M.D. (15:08)
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