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Bogosian undergoes successful hip surgery

Estimated recovery time is 5 to 6 months

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Zach Bogosian has undergone successful hip surgery, the Sabres announced Tuesday morning. The procedure has an estimated recovery time of five to six months.

Bogosian previously had hip surgery in February 2018 and returned to play 65 games this past season, his highest total since 2011-12. He missed the last seven contests, however, and said that surgery was on the table during his interview on locker cleanout day. 

When he was on the ice, the 28-year-old defenseman posted one of his most consistent seasons in a Sabres uniform. His point total (19) and average ice time (21:38) were his highest since 2015-16.

He was also a reliable veteran presence alongside rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, posting a 52.52 Corsi-for percentage in 554:54 of shared ice time at 5-on-5. 

"I'd like to play all 82 [games]," he said during his end-of-season interview. "I think I took a step in the right direction, just playing more games and trying to find a routine that works. As an athlete, that's what you're always looking for, is something that works. I think I took a step in the right direction but there's still a lot of work for me ahead."

Bogosian spoke that same day about how his charity work has helped him persevere through past injuries. His foundation, the BOGO Bunch, has raised $155,000 toward Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center over the past three years.

"I look at the mental side of things probably a little bit different than a lot of people," he said. "I'm a guy that has gone through adversity over the last four or five years, and I think that it's made me stronger. I think trying to just get mentally prepared for games was a lot easier for me this year. 

"I think I've tried to understand and realize that there are a lot worse things out there in life. There's a lot of people going through some horrible situations. And I've surrounded myself sometimes with those, as far as some of the donations that I've done with the BOGO Bunch.

"It kind of makes me realize that walking into the rink every day is not that bad. It's something that, when you're going through a tough time in the year, you find motivation and energy that way."

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