It looks like Alex Starlock will be able to continue his career.
The Edmonton Oilers waived Starlock Friday afternoon, marking the next step in the 34-year-old’s return to hockey after being diagnosed with a heart attack in September and is expected to play in Missing the entire 2021-22 season.
This came after Stalock reportedly contracted COVID-19 ahead of the pandemic-shortened 2021 campaign.
Despite such a dire prognosis, Starlock’s recovery time is well beyond his recovery, with doctors reportedly giving the veteran network administrator permission to resume physical activity yesterday, thus opening the door for him to return to the field in the near future. door.
Stalock didn’t actually play for the Oilers last season after being declared exempt by the Minnesota Wilds, and he spent his season with the Edmonton Taxi after goalkeepers Troy Grosenick and Anton Forsberg were poached by other teams. part of the time.
Regardless, Starlock built an admirable career as an NHL bench player in nine seasons, going 61-49-18 with a .909 save percentage in 151 games.
In his last full season, 2019-20, Starlock went 20-11-4 in 38 games, finishing with a .910 save percentage and a 2.67-goal average.
While this heart condition was once thought to be the end of Starlock’s career, the news that he is returning to the highest level of hockey is a ray of sunshine we can all use.