Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula sustained a non-displaced fractured of his jaw while playing for Finland in the 2014 IIHF World Championship, the team announced Wednesday.
Haula suffered the injury in a loss to Russia in the gold-medal game. He will not require surgery and should be fully recovered in 3-4 weeks.
Haula had six goals and 15 points in 46 regular-season games as a rookie and added four goals and seven points in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He also had one assist in six games for Finland at the World Championship.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
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