Stelio Mattheos, a future Carolina Hurricane driver, is completing treatments for testicular cancer and will not be attending training camp next month.
The 20-year-old should return to health and resume training for the 2019-2020 season, once his treatments are completed and his approval obtained. He was diagnosed in June, two days after helping American Hockey League Charlotte win the Calder Cup, underwent surgery to remove a testicle and has undergone several chemotherapy treatments in the last two months.
"I want to thank all the people who have collaborated to offer their support and wishes since the diagnosis," said Mattheos in a statement issued by the Hurricanes. "My friends, family, teammates, coaches and all the hockey organizations I'm part of, including the Hurricanes, Checkers and Brandon Wheat Kings, have provided tremendous support.
"I am deeply grateful to my surgeon, Dr. Sabeer Rehsia, to all Grace Hospital staff, as well as to Dr. Piotr Czaykowski of Cancer Care Manitoba and to all service nurses. of chemotherapy. "
Chosen in the third round (No. 73) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Mattheos collected 96 points (44 goals, 52 assists) in 65 games with Brandon from the Western Hockey League last season before joining Charlotte. He had three points (two goals, one assist) in 11 regular season games and four points (three goals, one assist) in 14 playoff games with Charlotte.