CHICAGO - Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has a fractured left wrist and will need six to eight weeks to recover.
The team disclosed the injury Friday, saying it was discovered recently during his off-season training. Blackhawks team Dr. Michael Terry said Kane will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a scaphoid fracture. Both Terry and Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Kane is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp.
"It was a little sore, and he got it checked out and it was one of those things where it needed to be fixed," Bowman said. "You never want to have injuries, but if you're going to have them, summertime is the best time." Kane apparently sustained the injury in the second-to-last game of the regular season.
He appeared in all of the Blackhawks' seven playoff contests in a first-round loss to Vancouver, recording one goal and five assists.
"It was just one of those things that was kind of bothering me for a while," said Kane, who appeared at the Blackhawks' annual convention on Friday with a cast on his left wrist and forearm. "I just wanted to get it checked out, hoping that doctors would tell me that it was bruised or sprained, and I would take a couple of weeks off and that would be it.
"You never like the idea of surgery, but it's not something that's going to affect my game once the season comes," he added. "It's definitely something we wanted to fix and it's good we're doing it now."