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Everett's Hartsburg on the mend

I’m happy to report that Everett coach Craig Hartsburg’s heart surgery went well. Here is a little snippet from Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald:

Everett Silvertips coach Craig Hartsburg’s heart surgery went as planned Wednesday, and Hartsburg should be on track to return to the team during the second half of the season.

Hartsburg was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm, which required open-heart surgery. That procedure took place Wednesday morning at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, during which the aneurysm was repaired and a section of Hartsburg’s aorta was replaced with an artificial graft.

The operation took place at 7:30 a.m., and Hartsburg was awake at noon.

“It was very successful,” Everett general manager Doug Soetaert said. “Everything’s going well. He’s alert and feeling pretty decent. I talked to Peggy (Hartsburg’s wife) and she said he’s doing better than they though he’d be. So he’s in recovery mode.”

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In the Vancouver Giants camp, tough guy Randy McNaught reinjured his right ankle at practice and will be out at least a month. McNaught, 20, has been out since Oct. 11 with the ankle injury. The Giants acquired McNaught in September from Saskatoon. He’s played just eight games.

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