Dallas Stars have announced that winger Ales Hemsky has undergone surgery on a hip injury sustained during the recent World Cup of Hockey, and that he will miss five to six months of action while he recovers.
Hemsky has featured in just one game for the Stars this season, registering one shot on goal from 15:32 of ice time against Columbus on October 22.
Per the Stars official statement, general manager Jim Nill said:
“Ales underwent surgery this morning to repair a labral tear in his hip. The injury was sustained while he was participating in the World Cup of Hockey. He will be out of the lineup for five to six months as he recovers and rehabilitates.”
Selected thirteenth overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2001, Hemsky was traded to the Stars by Ottawa in March 2014 in exchange for a 3rd round selection in 2015 and a 5th round selection in 2014.
In 824 career NHL games to date, the Czech forward has registered 170 goals and 565 points, though has often been hampered by injury and is yet to play a full 82-game schedule in a single season.
He is one of a number of injury concerns for the Stars, who currently also without Cody Eakin, Mattias Janmark (both knees) and Patrick Sharp (concussion symptoms). The franchise also lost restricted free agent Valeri Nichushkin to the KHL after a new contract could not be agreed.
Dallas are currently sixth in the Central Division after a difficult start to the year saw them go 3-4-1. They travel to Columbus on Tuesday hoping to bounce back from 4-1 and 4-0 defeats on the road against Winnipeg and Minnesota respectively.