It has been a scary week for the NHL family and fandom. After the frightening incident that took place during the Flyers and Devils where Flyers goalie Michael Neuvirth collapsed on the ice, the league is dealing with another frightening health emergency. It has been announced that Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has been hospitalized for an undiagnosed illness.
Although not much information has been shared with the public, we do know that Okposo is in a neurological ICU for said illness. Coach Dan Bylsma was quoted saying that Kyle is “very sick and ill.” Of course information is being withheld with respect for his family, but the lack of information and facts is a bit alarming as a fan. With how the NHL works, a players injury will usually be announced to fans, especially if it is serious or long term. The fact that we really don’t know anything besides that he is in an Intensive Care Unit leaves the severity of the illness or injury unknown. It has been reported that Okposo has been showing signs of improvement after five days in the hospital.
As someone who has neurological issues in my family, I can do nothing but pray for Kyle and his family. I know how hard it is to watch someone you love laying in a hospital bed for a brain ailment that is relatively unknown. Being from Long Island, the place that Kyle has spent majority of his NHL career, I have been able to know the character of Okposo. He is someone loved by his team and the community he plays for. This was proven by his former teammates coming out to wish him well during this difficult time.
I wish Okposo nothing but health and recovery. Hopefully he can make a full recovery and not only join his team but join his family. The NHL is with you Kyle Okposo.