from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province, It’s been a long road to recovery for Demitra, who had one shoulder surgery in May to repair his rotator cuff. Then, another surgery in the fall because things weren’t healing. That was followed by an infection. It all left him questioning his career, and seriously considering the option to shut it down for the year.“If you asked me 30 days ago, and I was honest with myself, I would have told you I was done, done for the year, at least,” Demitra said. “That’s where things were going....The question isn’t what saved him, it’s who. Officially, Pavel Purdek is listed as a physiotherapist who works closely with the Slovak national soccer team. In Demitra’s book, he’s a Magic Man.“He’s unbelievable. I don’t know, but it seems like he has magic...

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