A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Associated Press that Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is in intensive care undergoing a battery of tests to determine an undisclosed illness that has sidelined him for more than a week.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Sabres had not revealed Okposo was hospitalized. However, the source reported Okposo was in the neuro surgical unit of Buffalo General Medical Center's ICU. As the story was reported, the team later issued the following statement:
"Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms from an illness. Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time."
Coach Dan Bylsma would only say Okposo is with team doctors and tests have yet to pinpoint the cause of the illness. Bylsma added he was "very concerned'' about Okposo, who fell ill before Buffalo's game at Columbus on March 28.
Okposo had just returned to the lineup and played two games after missing 10 because of a rib injury. He is fourth on the team with 19 goals and 45 points in 65 games in his first season in Buffalo.
The team signed the unrestricted free agent to a seven-year, $42 million contract in July. He spent his first nine NHL seasons with the New York Islanders.