GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 20: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates with the puck under pressure from Adrian Aucoin #33 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on March 20, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Patrick Kane's Wrist Injury Will Require Offseason Surgery

A wrist injury will force Patrick Kane to have offseason surgery after doctors discovered a scaphoid fracture. Kane should be back in time for training camp.

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Patrick Kane's Wrist Injury Will Require Offseason Surgery

When Patrick Kane showed up to the Chicago Blackhawks fan convention with a cast on his left wrist, many began to wonder where it came from and why he was forced to don the protective gear. And while we don't know how his injury came about, we do know Kane has a fractured bone in his left wrist. The injury was diagnosed as a scaphoid fracture that will require surgery and keep Kane out of action 6-8 weeks.

Blackhawks physician Michael Terry released a statement about Kane's injury, but nobody seems to know how it occurred.

"Patrick Kane sustained a left wrist injury which came to light recently during his off-season training," head team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement released by the team Friday. "He will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a scaphoid fracture. We anticipate a full recovery in 6-8 weeks and in time for training camp. We do not anticipate any long-term issues."

Kane had experienced soreness in his left wrist and after receiving x-rays on Thursday, learned the bone was broken. It may have happened during the NHL playoffs, but nobody knows for sure. Either way, it's enough to require surgery, thanks in large part due to the slow healing process that typically occurs as a result of a scaphoid fracture.

Don't fret Blackhawks fans: Kane should be back and ready to go for training camp. While it will keep him away from most of the offseason training, his recovery should allow him to rejoin the team without missing any game-time or activities.

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