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Stamkos walking without aid two weeks after surgery

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos skates with the puck while Boston Bruins right wing...

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos skates with the puck while Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla (12) defends during NHL play at TD Banknorth Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

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, Last Updated: 2:56 PM ET

Good news Canadian hockey fans.

Steven Stamkos seems to be a quick healer. Like, miraculously quick.

Two weeks after having surgery to stabilize the fractured tibia in his right leg, the Tampa Bay Lightning star walked — yes, walked — into a meeting with the media Monday in Tampa without the aid of a walking boot or crutches. How quickly he’s been able to progress has surprised even Stamkos, who broke his right leg in a collision with a goal post during a game in Boston Nov. 11.

“I can’t believe that I’m able to walk without any boot or crutches less than two weeks later,” Stamkos told reporters. “To be able to do what I’m doing now and almost come back to a normal life, being able to just move around on your own, I’m definitely happy with that. I’d say I’ve overcome the initial shock and frustration and disappointment, and now it’s what do I have to do to get back as quick as possible. But obviously as smart as possible.”

Stamkos was initially expected to miss at least three months due to the injury — he didn’t update the time frame Monday — and was in jeopardy of missing the Sochi Olympics, which get under way in February. His participation with Team Canada was never ruled out, though, and Stamkos said it could be a target for his return to the ice.

“That’s something I’ve thought about,” he said. “It’s still on the backburner right now, but my focus is getting to a place where I can get healthy and getting back on the ice. Obviously, you want to get back and play for Tampa. If everything works out, which I’m hoping that it does, and get a chance to come back and play a couple games with Tampa and maybe get the opportunity to play in the Olympics, that would be great. That is a goal for me.”


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