Zenon Konopka experienced something different this morning. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Zenon Konopka calls watching brain surgery ‘pretty intense’

BUFFALO – OK, so why was Zenon Konopka watching brain surgery this morning? The Sabres center tweeted a photo of himself wearing scrubs and a surgical mask and wrote, “Most interesting morning in a long time … Brain Surgery #unreal #frontrowseat #wow.”

Konopka’s charity of choice, Keith Primeau’s “Stop Concussions,” told him about the neurological department next to Buffalo General and Dr. Elad Levy, a world-renowned brain surgeon who’s also a hockey fan.

“He said he’s a hockey fan and said I could come down and watch a surgery if I wanted,” Konopka said inside the First Niagara Center. “So early this morning we want down. It was pretty intense.”

Of course, at times, Konopka had to turn away.

“There was a few moments that you got to kind of throw on a head game, no pun intended,” he said.

But Levy’s expertise wowed Konopka.

“It was absolutely very impressive and absolute genius how quickly he did it, his calmness, halfway through the surgery he’s asking about hockey,” Konopka said. “It’s pretty impressive seeing someone at the top of their game. We’ll see a pretty good player tomorrow in Sidney Crosby, and Dr. Levy’s at that level in his profession.”

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