RALEIGH, NC (March 5, 2001) - Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has placed defenseman Glen Wesley on the Injured Reserve List. Wesley will be out indefinitely following a broken jaw and severe facial laceration suffered in the third period of Sunday’s 6-3 road victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Wesley had surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago Sunday night and returned to Raleigh Monday. To fill Wesley’s roster spot, the Hurricanes recalled defenseman Niclas Wallin from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League.
Wesley was injured with 12:07 remaining in the third period of Sunday’s game. He was checked by Chicago’s Steve Dubinsky into the open penalty box just as a Blackhawks’ penalty ended. The right side of Wesley’s face hit the right edge of the doorway, causing the broken jaw and a laceration to Wesley’s right cheek.
Wesley had played in all 65 Carolina games this season, one of five players who played in every game for the Hurricanes to that point. He is second on the team in average ice time at 22:44 per game. Wesley has five goals and 16 assists.
Wallin has finished his second stint with Cincinnati this season. He was reassigned to the Cyclones on March 2 and had one assist in two games.
Wallin, 25, has played in 24 games with the Hurricanes this season. He has two goals, two assists and 19 penalty minutes.