RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that center Eric Staal underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury suffered during off-season training. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.
"Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated," said Francis. "By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season."
Staal, 29, is entering his 11th NHL season with Carolina after leading the team in assists (40) and points (61) during the 2013-14 campaign. Selected by the Hurricanes in the first round, second overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Staal holds more than 20 franchise scoring records, totaling 289 goals and 399 assists (688 points) in 769 career games. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native has appeared in four All-Star Games and is a member of the elite Triple Gold Club of players who have won a Stanley Cup championship, an Olympic gold medal and a World Championship. Staal has served as the Hurricanes' team captain since 2010.