Fortunately for Marek Tvrdon, he spoke up as soon as he realized he was in physical discomfort. The Vancouver Giants confirmed the 19-year-old Detroit Red Wings draft pick, who is leading the WHL team in scoring, has had surgery to remove a blood clot in his left shoulder and is out for the rest of the year.
Tvrdon discovered the clot (keep in mind, blood clots have affected many big-name athletes, including tennis star Serena Williams and baseball legend Mariano Rivera) prior to a Giants game last weekend. It is a huge setback for the Slovak, who looked like a great draft pick for the Wings after they took him in the fourth round in 2011 even though he missed nearly all of his first North American season due to surgery on his right shoulder. As Elliott Pap reported, the clot was discovered during a pregame warmup.Read More »from Red Wings pick Marek Tvrdon has blood clot, will miss rest of WHL season