Apr 7, 2017

Kyle Okposo hospitalized in neurosurgical ICU with mysterious illness

Kyle Okposo, a forward for the Buffalo Sabres, is in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit of a Buffalo hospital, undergoing tests for an undisclosed illness that coach Dan Bylsma said has him "very concerned."

Okposo, 28, has been ailing and undergoing tests since March 28. He entered Buffalo General Medical Center on Sunday and later was moved to the ICU, according to WIVB's Tom Martin.

"It's a difficult thing for him to be dealing with now in this situation," Bylsma said (via the Buffalo News) Wednesday. "Very, as a coach and a person, concerned for him and his situation."

WGR radio first reported that Okposo was in the NICU and on Wednesday night the Sabres issued a statement in which they said only: "Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms from an illness."

Okposo's agent has not responded to requests for comment and, when pressed for further information on the player's condition, the coach added that "he's sick and ill" and said he's "very concerned."

Okposo signed a seven-year, $42-million with the Sabres as an unrestricted free agent last summer after spending his first nine seasons in the NHL with the New York Islanders.

The Sabres, who have been eliminated from playoff contention, have two games left in the season.

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