Former NHL goaltender Joe Sacco, who was diagnosed with cynical hypothyroidism in June 2016, has received an estimated $5,000 worth of medication for the condition, according to a statement from his lawyer, Scott Seltzer.
Sacco, 35, was placed on medication for hypothyroids in May 2016.
He was released from the hospital in December after completing six months of treatment.
He’s been a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins since January of 2016 and played the last four seasons in the NHL.
He played the past four seasons for the New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.
The NHLPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
During the NHL lockout in 2015, Sacco played for the Pittsburgh Steelheads and Washington Capitals.
He spent time with the Devils and Capitals, and then signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Washington Capitals as a free agent in 2018.
“I’m very happy to be receiving treatment,” Sacco said in a statement.
“I am thankful to the NHL for giving me this medication, which will allow me to recover from the illness.”
Saucets family has also thanked fans and the NHL Players Association for their support, which is why Sacco is eligible for a supplemental paid vacation that is scheduled to end on Aug. 1, 2018.