Anaheim Ducks’ Jason Blake to be out three months
Ducks veteran forward Jason Blake, who suffered a severe cut above his left wrist in Friday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks, will have surgery Monday to repair damage to a tendon.
The team announced Saturday that Blake will be out of action for about three months but is expected to make a full recovery. He was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange immediately after the game and received sutures to close the wound.
His surgery, to be performed by Dr. David Hay, will be at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic. Blake was released from UCI Medical Center on Saturday morning.
“Jason is resting at home and doing very well,” said Bob Murray, Ducks executive vice president and general manager, in a statement. “This was an unfortunate, freak accident, but we are pleased to hear that Jason is expected to make a full and complete recovery. He’s a real character person and teammate, and we look forward to having him back in our lineup when he’s ready.”
Blake, 38, is a former winner of the Bill Masterton Trophy, given for perseverance and dedication to the sport. He won it in 2008 when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs, having been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia.
On Friday, Blake was injured about midway through the third period of the Ducks’ 1-0 victory over San Jose at Honda Center, getting accidentally cut by the skate of Sharks defenseman Brent Burns after falling to the ice during a scramble following a faceoff.
Not long after the game, Burns tweeted his concern on his Twitter account, @Burnzie88: “Hoping Jason Blake is okay and back soon....Scary accident.”
The Ducks players were deeply concerned in the dressing room, and Coach Randy Carlyle said that the cut Blake suffered was “severe.”
Not only did Burns express his concern on Twitter, but he made a concerted effort to check on Blake after the game. He found Blake just as he was being put into the ambulance.
“It doesn’t help when you see his family going, “Where’s daddy? Where’s daddy going?’” Burns told the San Jose Mercury News on Saturday.
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