Carolina Hurricanes team president and general manager Don Waddell on Friday announced that Dougie Hamilton will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured fibula in his left leg on Friday.
Hamilton, who was in the midst of an All-Star worthy season in his second year with Carolina, suffered the scary injury during Thursday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The NHL has also announced that teammate Jaccob Slavin will replace the Hurricanes' defenseman at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. Earlier this month, Hamilton was named to the Metropolitan Division's roster for the first time in his career.
During the second period against Columbus, Hamilton's skate unwittingly became tangled with Blue Jackets rookie Kevin Stenlund's right leg as the two clashed for control of the puck in the neutral zone. When Stenlund turned back up the ice to continue chasing the puck, he sent Hamilton careening backward, which forced his left leg to collapse awkwardly as he crashed into the boards.
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Hamilton required help getting off the ice from a trainer and teammate Trevor van Riemsdyk and did not appear to put any weight on his left leg as he left the game. The Athletic's Sara Civian noted on Twitter that he appeared to say "I think I broke my leg" after the collision.
Losing Hamilton long-term could prove disastrous for Carolina (27-18-2, 56 points), which currently sits in the Eastern Conference's first wild-card spot. The Toronto native has played more minutes than any other Hurricanes skater this season (23 minutes and 17 seconds of ice time per game) and ranks fourth among all NHL defensemen with 40 points in 46 games this season. His 14 goals rank second among all blueliners behind only Columbus' Zach Werenski (15).