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Report: Kirby Dach suffers fracture at World Juniors

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Blackhawks center Kirby Dach sustained a fracture during Team Canada's 1-0 exhibition win over Russia on Wednesday at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. The injury has ended his tournament and he will likely miss NHL time, too.

The Blackhawks released a statement on Thursday afternoon, calling it a right wrist injury for Dach. He will return to Chicago, where he will be assessed by team doctors to determine the severity and course of action. It's unclear whether he will need surgery, and how long he could be out of the lineup.

Dach collided with a Russian player at center ice in the third period of Thursday's game and went straight to the locker room. He was seen taking off his glove and holding up his right wrist.

It's an unfortunate blow for Dach, who was looking forward to captaining Team Canada to a potential gold medal in his hometown of Alberta. He didn't participate in the tournament last season, with the Blackhawks electing to keep him in Chicago.

Blackhawks training camp opens on Jan. 3, and at this point, it's unlikely Dach will be ready to go by then. It would be the second consecutive season he misses training camp after suffering a concussion at the Traverse City Prospect tournament last September.

 

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