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A tough day...

Monday, 12.11.2006 / 3:42 PM ET / News
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A tough day...
As you may or may not know, Phil Kessel is not with the team on its current road trip.

The Bruins put out the following this morning…

The Kessel family has asked the Boston Bruins to release the following statement:

Phil Kessel is being treated today for a medical issue not related to hockey.

At this time there is no further update on Phil’s condition. When there is an update, and it is appropriate to do so, we will update everyone on Phil’s health.

We kindly ask that you respect the Kessel family’s privacy during this time.

As such, this space will respect Phil and his family, so you will not see any speculation on the condition past what has been announced.

However, I did get plenty of thoughts from his GM, teammates and coach.

"You [have] to stick together as a team," said Peter Chiarelli of Kessel’s situation via phone. "You hope and pray for the family and you work your way through it.

Chiarelli was asked if Phil was on injured reserve.

"That’s a determination we’ll make at later date if need be," he said, later remarking that Phil is "in the area."

"Yah, we all were," said Chiarelli when questioned as to whether the situation had taken him by surprise. "Personally and collectively. But this happens in all walks of life."

"Again, our thoughts and prayers are with Phil and his family."

The Bruins will be behind him every step of the way.

"There’s a bunch of strong character guys on this team," continued Chirarelli. "On and off the ice. Phil is a strong, young individual and he’s got a strong family."

His teammates feel for the forward.

"He’s an 18 year old kid," said Tim Thomas. "Any medical issues are tough, especially at that age.

"He’s got a lot on his plate…signing and his first year in the NHL. And then to have a…medical issue, it’s one more thing on his plate and it’s got to be hard to handle.

"We’ll try to offer our support and try to make him…feel as good as possible," he said.

"Right now we want to keep it quiet," said Captain Zdeno Chara of the particulars of his case. "And [we’ll] let him and his family deal with it.

"We want to support him and when it is time to be more specific about it we will. But at this time, we’ll just keep it like that.

"There were things to be said [earlier, within the team], but like I said it’s staying in the room," said Chara.

"The only thing I am going to say is that he’s not available for the trip, he’s not coming on the trip and he won’t play tomorrow," said Head Coach Dave Lewis. "I am not going to talk about Phil much more than that.

"You know, it’s just part of the day to day routine of the NHL…the day-to-day life of an NHL player. There’s not a lot of difference in what happens in the league, than what happens in life in general.

"[The players] are high profile, the athletes get paid a lot, and they’re under a lot of scrutiny, but everything else is about the same," said Coach.

Whatever the case, we here at wish Phil well.
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