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Sharks' Hertl to miss 2014 Sochi Olympics: report

Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 4:33 PM / News

San Jose Sharks rookie forward Tomas Hertl will be unable to play for the Czech Republic team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics due to a right knee injury, according to comments from Czech Olympic coach Alois Hadamczik to

Tomas Hertl
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GOALS: 15 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 25
SOG: 94 | +/-: 11
Hertl will have surgery on his knee next week. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said he expects Hertl will be sidelined for more than a month and would have a more definitive timetable after the surgery.

"The swelling is pretty extensive still," Wilson told reporters Monday. "We'll know more hopefully in the next week or so. The projection is probably a minimum of a month right now ... but we are prepared that it could be longer."

Hertl was injured Thursday in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings during a knee-on-knee collision with Kings captain Dustin Brown at Staples Center.

Hertl leads all rookies with 15 goals and 25 points this season.

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