Bruins rookie coming to terms with cancer diagnosis

Updated: December 17, 2006, 11:15 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Bruins rookie Phil Kessel was shocked when he learned he had testicular cancer.


"I couldn't believe it," Kessel said before Boston's game against Florida on Saturday night. "It was tough. I had a hard time with it."

Kessel, 19-year-old former University of Minnesota player drafted in the first round this year, is expected to rest for two weeks before getting back on the ice. Dr. David Judge, a team internist, termed the prognosis "excellent."


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