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Coyotes' Hanzal to have back surgery

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal is scheduled to have back surgery on Thursday.

The 21-year-old will have a herniated disc operated on by specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles. Hanzal injured his back while playing for the Czech Republic at the world championships in May.

Coyotes general manager Brian Maloney says if everything goes well with the surgery and rehabilitation Hanzal should be ready for training camp in mid-September.

He had eight goals and 27 assists during his rookie year with the Coyotes.

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