NHL

Canadiens defenceman Chiarot out 6-8 weeks with broken hand

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Ben Chiarot could be out for the rest of the regular season after having surgery on his fractured hand suffered in a first-period fight with Canucks forward J.T. Miller last week.

29-year-old is 3rd on team this season averaging 21:22 of ice time

Canadiens blue-liner Ben Chiarot will be out of the lineup 6-8 weeks after breaking a hand last week in Montreal's 5-1 victory over the Canucks. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Ben Chiarot could be out for the rest of the regular season after undergoing surgery on his fractured hand.

The team says he had surgery to repair the injury at Montreal General Hospital on Monday, and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

The 29-year-old from Hamilton was hurt last Wednesday when he fought Canucks forward J.T. Miller in the first period of Montreal's 5-1 win over Vancouver.

Both players were handed five-minute penalties following the short tilt and Chiarot did not return to the game.

Chiarot has one goal and five points in 25 games with the Canadiens this season while ranking third in average ice time per game at 21 minutes 22 seconds. Last year he put up a career-high 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 69 regular-season appearances.

The Canadiens are set to play the Jets in Winnipeg on Monday.

With files from CBC Sports

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