Boston Bruins forward David Backes underwent surgery on his colon on Thursday, and made a statement to his friends and fans on social media on Friday.
The 33-year-old, who miss two months as he recovers, was diagnosed with diverticulitis before the start of the season. He made his season debut on October 19 and posted one assist in five games with the team.
Team internist Dr. David Finn released a statement Wednesday which said Backes did not put his health at risk by playing this season, but the surgery will remove the part of his colon causing him repeated bouts with the illness.
Backes signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Bruins last July. He owns a no-move clause for two more seasons and then owns a modified no-trade clause in the final two years.
Fans are hoping to see him back in action soon. Recover well!