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Sabres' Okposo is '100 percent,' thankful for support shown by Buffalo

Kyle Okposo's health concerns are gone, so there's really just one thing he wanted to say.


"To the people of Buffalo and to the fans, it's been really heartwarming for me and touching for me and my family the support that we've received and the support that I received when I was in the hospital and the months thereafter," Okposo said Thursday as the Sabres reported to training camp. "The community really welcomed me and really looked after me. I can't thank the community enough."

A concussion and an adverse reaction to the resulting medication put Okposo in the hospital in April and ended his season early. He started skating back home in Minnesota during the summer, and the No. 1 right winger is ready to join Buffalo on the ice Friday.

"There's times when things weren't going very well that definitely I thought I might not play again," the 29-year-old said in KeyBank Center. "I'm happy to say that those thoughts are out the window now, and I feel confident that I'm 100 percent and good to go.

"It was a long road and definitely some scary times, but I'm just happy to be here and happy that I don't have any worries at all, any concerns. I'm looking forward to hopefully being better than I ever have been."

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