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Bruins rookie coming to terms with cancer diagnosis

Updated: December 17, 2006, 11:15 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Bruins rookie Phil Kessel was shocked when he learned he had testicular cancer.

Kessel

"I couldn't believe it," Kessel said before Boston's game against Florida on Saturday night. "It was tough. I had a hard time with it."

Kessel, 19-year-old former University of Minnesota player drafted in the first round this year, is expected to rest for two weeks before getting back on the ice. Dr. David Judge, a team internist, termed the prognosis "excellent."

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