Lightning center Steven Stamkos talks acb heart,buttery eyes and his love of butterflies
Steven Stamko’s acb-filled eyes and the fact he loves butterflies are all over the headlines.
The Lightning captain told The Associated Press he has had three heart surgeries in the last six months, but he also talked about his love for butterflies, saying he loves them so much.
“I have three heart operations.
I love butterflies,” Stamkos said.
“I love them so, so much.”
Stamkos’ acb surgeries took place at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, Minn.
His heart has already undergone four rounds of surgeries in New York, Florida and Minnesota.
In November, Stamkos had a second procedure in Minnesota to repair a torn aneurysm in his left ventricle.
The Lightning forward had an even worse infection in his right heart.
The next day, he had another surgery in Florida to repair aneurymal tears.
Stamko also had a third operation in Minnesota last month to repair the left ventricular septal defect.
The injury, which occurred when Stamkos lost his balance in a fight, led to the end of his season.
Stramkos has been sidelined since the injury.
The Tampa Bay Lightning captain had a season-ending hip surgery in April, but his return was not scheduled until the final game of the regular season against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Stamkos was expected to be out four to six weeks.
After his second operation in Florida, Stamos underwent surgery in Minnesota on the left side of his heart on Aug. 21.
Stamos also had surgery on the right side of the heart.
The surgery left Stamkos with a left-sided aneury, which meant he was not able to have the surgery to repair his left side.
He underwent surgery to fix the left aneurx on Sept. 3.
It was the second procedure for Stamkos.
In his absence, the Lightning lost two of their top three defensemen, including captain Steven Stammer.
Stammer is a restricted free agent.
The team signed restricted free agents Jason Garrison and Michael Bournival in the offseason.
The team also lost top prospect Nikita Kucherov, who had been traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Mike Weaver.