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Downie Has Shoulder Surgery

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Rehab 8-to-10 weeks for Flyers prospect

(Voorhees, NJ, May 1) - Philadelphia Flyers prospect Steve Downie had surgery on Thursday, April 26 to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.

"It was not major surgery, and his recovery time is about 8-to-10 weeks,"said Holmgren."We look forward to him being ready for our conditioning camp that we are going to have in early July. We think he’ll be ready for that and obviously be ready to go at the start of training camp."

The injury occurred back in August at the Canadian World Junior training camp. That team went on to capture its second consecutive gold medal.

"I remember getting hit but I didn’t want to sit out any time so I’ve just been waiting to get this done,"said the 5’10’’, 195-pound right wing. "Camp is still a long way away so right now I am just getting focused on getting healthy and getting ready to play for camp."

Dr. Peter DeLuca performed the operation at Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia.

Downie recently completed his season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. In 45 games with Kitchener and the Peterborough Petes, Downie registered 35 goals and 57 assists for 92 points and 124 penalty minutes.

He also made his pro debut in the Philadelphia Phantoms’ final game of the season on April 15.
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