Former Islanders forward Kyle Okposo is being hospitalized and in the intensive care unit for an unknown illness, according to multiple reports.
Okposo is in the neuro surgical intensive care unit at Buffalo General Hospital, which was first reported by Paul Hamilton of WGR-AM 550 and later confirmed by the Buffalo News and the Associated Press. The former Islander has been in the hospital for the past three days undergoing tests to figure out what has been ailing him, according to the AP report.
The team has not confirmed that Okposo is in the hospital, but did release a statement saying he is under the care of doctors.
“Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms from an illness,” the Sabres Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time.”
Prior to Wednesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Sabres’ coach Dan Bylsma expressed his concern for Okposo’s health.
“As a coach and as a person (I’m) very concerned for him in this situation,” Bylsma said. “He’s sick and dealing with that. It’s a difficult thing for him to be dealing with right now in this situation.”
Okposo has been sidelined due to illness since March 28.
The 28-year-old spent the previous nine years of his career as a member of the New York Islanders, before signing with the Sabres this past offseason. Okposo was drafted seventh overall by the Islanders in the 2006 NHL Draft.