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Claude Giroux has surgery on finger after golf accident

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux may be an all-star hockey player, but perhaps he needs to work on his golf game. The native of Hearst, Ont., was injured golfing on Thursday in Ottawa and had surgery on his index finger. He is expected to be out for 5-6 weeks.

Flyers captain expected out 5-6 weeks

Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux injured himself playing a round of golf on Thursday and was forced to have surgery on his finger. The Flyers announced their captain is expected to be sidelined for 5-6 weeks. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux had surgery on his right index finger after getting injured playing golf in Ottawa.

Giroux suffered tendon damage when a golf club shattered on Thursday.

The native of Hearst, Ont., is expected to be out for five to six weeks.

"Claude Giroux had successful surgery this afternoon on his right index finger performed by Dr. Katherine Boyd at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa, Canada," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. 

"Giroux was golfing today when his golf club shattered and splintered into his index finger.  Although there were no broken bones, there was some damage to his extensor tendons in his finger."

The 25-year-old signed an eight-year contract extension worth over $64 million on July 4 after registering 48 points in 48 games last season.

Giroux is one of 47 players invited to Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp, which runs Aug. 25-28 in Calgary in preparation for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.