Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis underwent surgery to repair a facial fracture on Friday and will miss at least two months, coach Willie Desjardins said during a news conference.
Hamhuis was injured in Vancouver’s 2-1 home victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday, when he was hit in the face by Dan Boyle’s slap shot with 7:33 remaining in the third period. He was helped off the ice and taken via ambulance to a local hospital.
The 32-year-old Hamhuis is in the final season of the six-year, $27 million contract he signed with the Canucks on July 1, 2010. He has recorded four assists, 12 penalty minutes and a plus-7 rating in 27 games.
Selected by Nashville with the 12th overall pick of the 2001 draft, Hamhuis made his NHL debut in 2003-04, when he notched seven goals and 19 assists in 80 games with the Predators. He matched what has proven to be his career high in tallies the following season while adding a personal-best 31 assists in 82 contests.
Hamhuis spent four more seasons with Nashville before having his rights traded to Philadelphia on June 19, 2010 – less than two weeks prior to him becoming an unrestricted free agent. Unable to strike a deal with the blue-liner, the Flyers traded his rights to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who also failed to negotiate a contract agreement.
A native of Smithers, British Columbia, Hamhuis landed in Vancouver, where he registered six goals and 17 assists over 64 games in his first season with the Canucks in 2010-11. He netted a total of 13 tallies over the next three campaigns before producing only one in 59 contests in 2014-15.
The 6-foot-1, 209-pound Hamhuis has collected 52 goals and 242 assists in 841 regular-season games with the Predators and Canucks while adding three tallies and 21 points in 62 playoff contests. He has represented Canada at six IIHF World Championships, winning the gold medal twice, and also captured the top prize with his countrymen at the 2014 Winter Olympics.