RALEIGH, NC (January 19, 2001) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh has been removed from the Injured Reserve List and is ready to resume game action.
Ozolinsh, who was voted as a starter for the World All-Stars in this year’s 51st NHL All-Star Game in Denver on February 4, underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee January 5. He has been practicing for nearly a week and could return to Carolina’s lineup Saturday when the Hurricanes play host to the Los Angeles Kings at the Entertainment and Sports Arena at 1:30 p.m.
Dr. G. Hadley Callaway, the Hurricanes’ team orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery at the Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic.
Ozolinsh, who was acquired by the Hurricanes in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on June 24, 2000, has missed Carolina’s last 10 games. Ozolinsh is tied for seventh on the team in scoring with 19 points (4 goals, 15 assists).