Having suffered from recurring shoulder problems for several years, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom said he was feeling a little better on Monday, but he still wants a permanent solution to a painful injury.
Klefbom suffered a shoulder injury for which he underwent surgery while playing in Sweden during the 2012-2013 campaign. The main interested party revealed Monday that these current troubles could result from this intervention, according to the medical experts.
“I know we have the best doctors on the case to let me play again,” Klefbom said over a video conference. It’s been going on for a while. I think about it every day and miss playing hockey. But I am totally confident that the doctors will find the right solution, whether it is to perform an operation, to have me replaced or to impose a treatment on me. “
Surgery would force Klefbom to miss the entire 2020-2021 season, as general manager Ken Holland revealed in October.
A normal life
Klefbom has also revealed that he could play despite this injury, with the use of medication. The full-back, however, seems to have been touched by recent reports and documentaries about the addiction some hockey players have developed during their careers and he seems reluctant to expose himself to this kind of trouble.
In his eyes, the pain is too great to continue that way and it impinges on the player’s life outside of the ice. So it was time to take matters in hand.
“Hockey players usually play with pain and medication, but I don’t want to be on pain medication all the time. It’s hard when you can’t live a private life [normale]. “
“When you’ve gotten to the point where you can’t really sleep or dress properly, you know you shouldn’t be doing this anymore. This is not the life I want. ”
Klefbom was the Oilers’ first pick, the 19th overall in the 2011 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft. Last season, he scored five goals and 34 points in 62 games.