The Chicago Blackhawks
said Tuesday that center Dave Bolland
underwent successful surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. The surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Fessler at Northwestern Memorial Hospital under the supervision of Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry.
"Dave underwent minimally invasive surgery today for a herniated disk," Terry said. "The surgery went well and we anticipate a full recovery. He should be back in 12 to 16 weeks."
Bolland, 23, has 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points and 14 penalty minutes in 13 games this season. The Mimico, Ontario, native has appeared in 134 regular-season games over parts of the last four seasons with the Blackhawks, with 25 goals and 45 assists for 70 points with 94 penalty minutes.
Chicago's second choice (No. 32) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Bolland ranked sixth on the club with a career-high 19 goals and seventh with a career-best 47 points while appearing in 81 of Chicago's 82 regular-season contests last season. He also tied for third on the team with 8 assists and fourth with 12 points in 17 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring.