Stanley Cup champion Penguins defenseman James Neal to undergo surgery for a cochlear impingement
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman and former All-Star James Neal has been diagnosed with a coach’s ear implant that was surgically removed from his right ear.
Neal’s surgeon, Dr. Peter T. Brown, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the procedure was successful and Neal was expected to make a full recovery.
Neal was injured when he fell down the ice during a shootout against the Los Angeles Kings in November.
Neal missed the final three games of the Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens because of the injury.
Neal said he has a good chance of making a full return to the NHL in 2018.
Neal said that he’s hoping to resume skating soon and be back in the lineup in time for the playoffs.
The Penguins’ Stanley Cup championship trophy is displayed during a news conference at CONSOL Energy Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Feb. 9, 2018.
Neal had surgery in February and is expected to return to action in February.
Tiger Woods has had a co-chlear implants surgery since February and said he’ll have surgery on Feb, 12.
Woods, a three-time major championship golfer, is expected back in action in September.