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Hurricanes all-star Dougie Hamilton suffers broken leg

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Friday that Dougie Hamilton suffered a broken fibula in Thursday night's loss at Columbus. He was hurt in the second period while chasing down a puck along the wall in the neutral zone when he was tangled up with Columbus' Kevin Stenlund.

Fellow Carolina defenceman Jaccob Slavin named as all-star replacement

Carolina Hurricanes head athletic trainer Doug Bennett attends to Dougie Hamilton after Hamilton was injured in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. (Jay LaPrete/Associated Press)

Carolina Hurricanes all-star defenceman Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely with a broken left leg.

The team announced Friday that Hamilton broke his left fibula during a loss at Columbus on Thursday night and underwent surgery Friday.

Hamilton was hurt in the second period while chasing down a puck along the wall in the neutral zone when he was tangled up with Columbus' Kevin Stenlund. He fell awkwardly with his leg bent underneath him and didn't return.

General manager Don Waddell said Hamilton had surgery to repair the broken fibula performed by Dr. Kevin Logel at Raleigh Orthpaedic. No time frame was given for the 26-year-old's return to play.

Hamilton had 14 goals and 26 assists through 47 games this season. That ranked tied for second in goals and fourth in points (40) for all NHL defencemen. He was a week away from attending his first NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis.

1st all-star appearance for Slavin

Hurricanes defenceman Jaccob Slavin has been named as Hamilton's replacement on the Metropolitan Division team for the upcoming NHL all-star game.

The all-star appearance will be the first for Slavin, who has recorded 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) and a plus-26 rating in 47 games this season.

Slavin will also participate in the all-star skills competition on Jan. 24 in St. Louis. The all-star game is Jan. 25.

The 25-year-old has collected 137 points (27 goals, 110 assists) and a plus-51 rating in 356 career games since being selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL draft.

With files from Field Level Media

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