Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik has successful surgery on Friday to repair a sports hernia. The team says he’ll need a month to six weeks of rehabilitation but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September.
Orpik played with the injury during the second half of the season, including the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he was a member of the United States’ silver medal-winning team.
A sports hernia occurs when there is a weakening of the muscles or tendon in the lower abdomen.
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday