Lightning center John Cullen will learn today whether he is cancer-free _ a little more than a year after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Cullen will be examined at the Dana Farber Institute in Boston, the same hospital where he had a bone marrow transplant Oct. 24. Cullen, 33, missed the 1997-98 season and has been through a series of treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation and the transplant the past year. He nearly died after the transplant, and his heart stopped for nearly a minute.
Since then, however, Cullen has re-gained his strength, hair, which he lost during the treatments, and weight, which is back to his normal 182 pounds.
Two weeks ago, Cullen appeared in the team picture and said his goal was to return to hockey next season. Those plans, though, could depend on today's results.
"Hopefully, all the checkups will end up the same: with them telling me I'm healthy and they got it all," Cullen said.
_ TOM JONES