It was a groin injury suffered during last month’s World Cup of Hockey that kept Dallas Stars forward Ales Hemsky sidelined through the team’s opening four games. Now it’s a hip injury that has likely ended his regular season after 15:32 of game action.
From Stars GM Jim Nill:
“Ales underwent surgery this morning to repair a labral tear in his hip. The injury was sustained while he was participating in the World Cup of Hockey. He will be out of the lineup for five to six months as he recovers and rehabilitates.”
Hemsky is in his third season with the Stars and is coming off a solid 13-goal, 36-point campaign where he developed good chemistry on a line with Radek Faksa and Antoine Roussel.
Despite what was apparently something lingering in his hip since the World Cup, Hemsky returned to action on Oct. 22 only to re-injure his groin and go back on IR. Now comes the news that we probably won’t see him again until the postseason, if Dallas qualifies.
The Stars are up there on the man-games lost list, a list no team wants to be high on, which can certainly be a factor in their slow (3-4-1–7) start. Patrick Sharp (concussion), Jason Spezza, Cody Eakin, Patrick Eaves and Jiri Hudler have missed time so far this season. Now Hemsky and Mattias Janmark (knee) are both gone for 5-6 months and Val Nichushkin left for the KHL. Those are three holes that now need to be filled up front.
Will Nill take a peak at the trade market to bolster his forward group?
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