The following statement was issued today by Chicago Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry:
“Ben Smith has suffered a right hip labral tear and a hernia. He will undergo endoscopic surgery next Thursday (March 15) to repair both issues. We anticipate a full recovery in approximately 16 weeks.”
Smith, 23, has recorded two goals in 13 games with Chicago this season. Additionally, the Avon, Connecticut, native ranks third on the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs with 15 goals, including a team-high eight power-play markers, and ranks fourth with 31 points in 38 AHL tilts.