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Stalock didn't know if he'd play again

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07:37 AM ET 01.29 | Thankfully, Alex Stalock is an optimist. After suffering a serious nerve injury behind his left knee during a game with the Sharks' AHL team in Worcester on Feb. 4, 2011, just days after making his NHL debut, Stalock was told by doctors there was a 50-50 chance he would play again. He sat out for nearly an entire calendar year, rehabbing and working to continue what was, at the time, a promising career. ... "I didn't really what care what [the doctors] said, honestly. It was always in the back of my head there was a chance that I'd be doing something else. Obviously, I wanted to work hard and get to where I was." Stalock may never be 100 percent, admitting that in daily life he occasionally has trouble with his balance on uneven surfaces, sometimes rolling his ankle.

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January 29, 2014  09:41 AM ET

Nice to see things are working out...

January 29, 2014  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Nice to see things are working out...

Indeed. The way he got injured was from a scramble in the crease and a Manchester Monarch forward stepped on his leg, with the skate slicing through a nerve. I cringe just thinking about that.

January 29, 2014  10:40 AM ET

The way it sounds if he didn't play goal, his career would be over.

 
January 29, 2014  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The way it sounds if he didn't play goal, his career would be over.

OK that sounds wrong, but I'm glad to see he can still play.

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