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Canucks' first-round draft pick Hunter Shinkaruk to have hip surgery

Friday, 12.27.2013 / 3:04 PM / News

The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Canucks 2013 first-round draft choice Hunter Shinkaruk will undergo hip surgery in early January, his WHL team announced on Friday.

"We wish Hunter all the best for a successful surgery and a full recovery," said Medicine Hat Tigers general manager and coach Shaun Clouston in a release.

No return date for Shinkaruk was indicated.

Shinkaruk was chosen 24th overall in this year's NHL draft and was among Vancouver's last pre-season cuts.

The Medicine Hat captain was invited to Team Canada's selection camp for the world junior hockey championships, but was released for the second straight year after travelling to Sweden with the club before the tournament started.

Shinkaruk has recorded five goals and 11 assists for 16 points with the Tigers this season.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1