Chicago Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach will be out four to five months after undergoing surgery Monday to repair his broken right wrist, the team announced.
Dach — the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NHL draft — suffered the injury Wednesday while playing for Canada in the World Junior Championships in Edmonton. The Hawks confirmed the injury Thursday and said Dach would return to Chicago for further evaluation.
“Today, Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach underwent successful surgery in Chicago to repair a right wrist fracture he sustained on December 23 at the World Junior Championships in Edmonton,” Hawks physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement Monday. “We expect Kirby to return to hockey-related activities in approximately four to five months.”
Dach, who was the captain of the Canadian team, was injured when he put a hit on a Russian player. He immediately took the glove off his right hand and clutched his lower arm before skating off the ice.
Dach had eight goals and 15 assists in 64 games as a rookie last season. He also had one goal and five assists in the postseason, including the qualifying round.