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Leafs’ Blake has leukemia

October 9, 2007

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— Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake has a rare form of leukemia that he said leaves him in no immediate danger and is highly treatable. The 34-year-old left wing has started treatment and doesn't expect to miss any playing time.

"Overall, I feel good. I'm still here, and my goal this whole season hasn't changed," he said.

He has chronic myelogenous leukemia, a slow-growing cancer of the white blood cells. Blake said he received the test results Friday and broke the news to teammates Monday at Air Canada Centre.

"I think to get it off my chest, and to move forward is a big weight lifted," he said.

Blake, of Moorhead, Minn., had 40 goals and 29 assists last year with the New York Islanders. He signed a $20 million, five-year deal with the Leafs in the offseason.

The team said Blake would be monitored by his cancer specialist.

"I think the prognosis is outstanding," team doctor Noah Forman said. "He's taking medication which he has already started. It's a daily medication, and it should put the condition under really good control and allow him to continue on with a long and healthy life as well as his career."

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