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Associated Press
12/12/2006 3:31:07 PM

BOSTON (AP) - Bruins rookie centre Phil Kessel underwent cancer surgery and is ''on the road to recovery,'' his agent said Tuesday.

Wade Arnott said the 19-year-old Kessel, the fifth pick in this year's NHL draft, had surgery Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to The Boston Globe's website.

''He got thrown a curveball,'' Arnott told the Globe, without specifying the kind of cancer. ''But he's holding up pretty well.''

The condition was identified ''very recently'' after Kessel felt minor symptoms, Arnott said. ''He's resting in Boston and on the road to recovery.''

Arnott did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

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