Ice hockey: Alexander Sulzer from the Düsseldorfer EG is undergoing surgery for a tumor
Former ice hockey player Alexander Sulzer will not play for his club Düsseldorfer EG for an indefinite period. A post-exercise check-up revealed a benign tumor in the immediate vicinity of his cervical spine. The defender is to be operated according to club information end of next week.
"With such a diagnosis, the subject of professional sports, of course, immediately takes a back seat," said DEG CEO Stefan Adam. "The important thing now is that the surgery and the subsequent healing process go well." Dusseldorf sporting director Niki Mondt spoke of a "bitter message for him and - of course, completely different consequences - for us too, we will give him all the time he needs to recover."
According to team doctor Ulf Blecker "paraplegia could have occurred if the tumor had been discovered later".
The 35-year-old Sulzer had returned to the eight-time German champions this summer. He had already played for DEG from 2003 to 2007. Then he moved to North America, where he played, inter alia, 131 games in the NHL. In 2014, he returned to Germany - and has since played for the arch rival of the Dusseldorf, the Cologne Haie.