Forward has herniated discs in back

Updated: December 2, 2003, 2:59 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Eric Daze will undergo back surgery to repair a herniated disc and will be sidelined about 10 weeks.

Daze, who appeared in only three games before the back injury, underwent surgery twice to repair herniated discs during his career.

But Mike Gapski, the team's head trainer, said Tuesday the surgery is not related to previous problems.

"We are optimistic that he will have a full recovery because he's been working so hard and his back is extremely strong," Gapski said in a statement.

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