Kyle Okposo of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the Nashville Predators during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 28, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Getty Images)
Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo was recently hospitalized and is undergoing tests to identify an undisclosed illness that has kept him out of action.
WGR-AM 550 reported the story earlier Wednesday and the Buffalo News along with the Associated Press confirmed it. The News reported that Okposo is in the Neuro Surgical ICU at Buffalo General Hospital. The AP said Okposo has been in the hospital the past three days.
“Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms from an illness,” the Sabres said in a statement released by the team. “Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time.”
Prior to the Sabres’ Wednesday game against the Montreal Canadiens coach Dan Bylsma said he was “very concerned” about Okposo.
Added Bylsma, “He’s been dealing with that, and it’s a difficult thing for him to be dealing with right now.”
Bylsma also said Okposo was “sick and ill.”
Okposo’s last game was March 27 against the Florida Panthers where he played 15:57 and fired three shots on goal.