Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo, who received a seven-game suspension earlier this month for an illegal hit on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert in which he was also injured, will miss the rest of the season after it was announced Friday he will need reconstructive knee surgery.
The following statement was issued by Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry:
"Daniel Carcillo will undergo anterior cruciate ligament reconstructive surgery on his left knee on Tuesday, Jan. 17. This decision was made today after much evaluation and consideration of various options. We anticipate a full return in six months."
Carcillo, 26, finished his first season with the Blackhawks with 2 goals, 11 points, 82 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 28 games.
Over parts of five NHL seasons with Phoenix (2006-09), Philadelphia (2009-11) and Chicago, the King City, Ontario, native has registered 38 goals, 84 points and 1,068 penalty minutes in 310 regular-season games, as well as 5 goals and 11 points and a plus-6 rating in 33 Stanley Cup Playoff contests.