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The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Friday that defenseman Dougie Hamilton will undergo surgery after he broke his left fibula in the team’s 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
Dougie Hamilton suffered a broken left fibula Thursday night in Columbus. He’s being evaluated by #Canes doctors and could undergo a procedure as early as today. A further update and recovery timeline will be known this evening.
— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) January 17, 2020
In the final half-minute of the second period, Hamilton, who finished the game with 14:14 of ice-time, appeared to get tangled up with Blue Jackets forward Kevin Stenlund up along the wall and took an awkward fall into the boards. He was helped off of the ice and did not return.
Although the Hurricanes have not announced an injury timeline, six weeks is the expected timeline to recover from a broken fibula. Hamilton is seeing a doctor this morning to determine the severity of the injury.
Hamilton’s 14 goals are tied for second among NHL defensemen while 40 points are fourth this season. His +30 rating is second in the NHL this season behind only Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan Graves (+31).
This is a big blow to the Hurricanes, who are currently seventh in the NHL with an average of 2.72 goals-against per game and occupy the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. They have lost two straight in regulation entering their game against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
Hamilton was selected to represent the Hurricanes at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis next weekend and will be replaced by defenseman Jaccob Slavin.
By Harrison Brown