Dougie Hamilton is having an All-Star worthy season for the Carolina Hurricanes, but it looks like he will be sidelined for a considerable amount of time following a scary injury suffered in Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
SiriusXM NHL Network Radio’s Nick Kypreos reported on Twitter Friday morning that, “Dougie Hamilton suffered a broken fibula.”
Dougie Hamilton suffered a broken fibula last night. Further evaluation today will determine if surgery is needed. Similar injury that shut down Jordan Staal 1/2 season in 2014. @nhl @SiriusXMNHL @Canes
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) January 17, 2020
Hamilton’s skate unwittingly became tangled with Blue Jackets rookie Kevin Stenlund’s right leg as the two clashed for control of the puck in the neutral zone in the second period of Columbus’ 3-2 win. When Stenlund turned back up the ice to continue chasing the puck, he sent Hamilton careening backward, which forced his left leg to collapse awkwardly as he crashed into the boards.
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Hamilton required help getting off the ice from a trainer and teammate Trevor van Riemsdyk and did not appear to put any weight on his left leg as he left the game. The Athletic’s Sara Civian noted on Twitter that he appeared to say “I think I broke my leg” after the collision, but the Hurricanes have yet to provide an official update on his status.
Losing Hamilton long-term could prove disastrous for Carolina (27-18-2, 56 points), which currently sits in the Eastern Conference’s first wild card spot. The Toronto native has played more minutes than any other Hurricanes skater this season (23 minutes and 17 seconds of ice time per game) and ranks fourth among all NHL defensemen with 40 points in 46 games this season. His 14 goals rank second among all blueliners behind only Columbus’ Zach Werenski (15).
Earlier this month, Hamilton was named to the Metropolitan Division’s All-Star roster for the first time in his career.