Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes the save as Chicago Blackhawks’ Kirby Dach (77) picks up the rebound during first period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Saturday, August 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes the save as Chicago Blackhawks’ Kirby Dach (77) picks up the rebound during first period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Saturday, August 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Kirby Dach sidelined for four to five months after wrist surgery: Blackhawks

Dach was injured in Canada’s exhibition game against Russia

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks say forward Kirby Dach will miss the start of the NHL season after breaking his wrist at the world junior hockey championships in Edmonton.

The team says the 19-year-old from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., had successful surgery in Chicago on Monday to fix a right wrist fracture.

Dach was injured in the third period of Canada’s exhibition game against Russia on Wednesday.

The Canadian captain was hit in the neutral zone, and after the contact, he pulled off his glove and skated off the ice, going directly to the locker-room area.

Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry says in a statement that Dach will be out for four to five months.

Picked third overall in the 2019 NHL draft, Dach played 64 regular-season games for Chicago last year, tallying eight goals and 23 assists. He added another six points (one goal, five assists) in nine playoff appearances.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 28, 2020.

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