Toronto Maple Leafs
2003-2004 SEASON STATISTICS GM W L T SV% GAA 59 34 19 6 .918 2.13
A procedure to repair a bulging disc in Belfour's back was performed at a Cleveland clinic.
Coach Pat Quinn said he was relieved the operation was a success since his team will again rely heavily on Belfour next season.
Belfour, 39, played 59 games for Toronto last season. He was 34-19-6 with a 2.13 goals-against average and 10 shutouts -- second-most in the NHL.
In the playoffs, he became the 12th goalie in NHL history to register three shutouts in one playoff series when Toronto eliminated Ottawa in the first round.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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