Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin underwent reconstructive surgery Tuesday to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee. Recovery is expected to take six months.
Emelin was injured in an April 6 game against the Boston Bruins, depriving the Canadiens of one of their top young blueliners for the stretch run and in their five-game loss to the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
The 27-year-old was in his second NHL season, which finished with him compiling three goals, 12 points and a plus-2 rating in 38 games.
It was definitely emotional. I really appreciated the fans. It was a cool feeling and it felt special and the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny out there standing by yourself. Thinking back, I was saying just a bit ago, you think back just trying to make the NHL and then you kind of reflect on all the years being able to play for a great organization here in Calgary and all the fun I've had so far in my career. I feel very fortunate and blessed.
— Boston forward Jarome Iginla on his return to Calgary, where he played for 16 seasons