Dan Hamhuis, Canucks defenceman, to have surgery for facial fracture
Recovery time to be determined
The Vancouver Canucks have a big void to fill on their blue-line after Dan Hamhuis suffered a facial fracture when he took a slapshot to the face in Wednesday night's 2-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers.
Hamhuis, who has four assists and a plus-7 rating in 27 games this season while averaging just under 20 minutes of ice time, will have surgery Friday and there is no timetable for his return.
In a wild third period, the 32-year-old lost the puck to the Rangers' Derick Brassard, who fed it back to teammate Brian Boyle.
Boyle's ensuing slapshot hit Hamhuis directly on the left side of the face. He fell to the ice immediately and bled heavily as he exited the game.
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Hamhuis was seen leaving Rogers Arena on a stretcher and spent the night in hospital.
Dan Hamhuis literally broke his face for the team after taking a shot to the face!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/dedication?src=hash">#dedication</a> <a href="https://t.co/gEdNcPMfYk">https://t.co/gEdNcPMfYk</a>—@jesselam1
Vancouver head coach Willie Desjardins addressed the injury after Wednesday's game.
"It's scary," he said. "It's a hard thing to take. He'll suffer with that for a little while."
"We're all thinking about Dan. Hopefully he's going to be okay, he's one of our leaders" - Miller <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Canucks?src=hash">#Canucks</a>—@VanCanucks
A member of Canada's 2014 men's Olympic hockey team, Hamhuis suffered a groin injury last season that kept him out of the lineup for an extended period of time.
He opted against surgery and came back in the middle of January after rehabilitation, but seemed to have lost a step and finished with just one goal and 22 assists in 59 games.