Defenseman out up to eight weeks

Updated: December 5, 2003, 4:20 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev will have surgery to remove bone chips from his ankle and be sidelined for about eight weeks.

Alexander Karpovtsev
Karpovtsev

The surgery is scheduled for next week in New York, the Blackhawks said Friday.

It's the latest blow to a team that has dropped to last place in the Western Conference's Central Division as top players have sat out.

Team captain Alex Zhamnov has been out with a bad back, but is expected to return later this month.

Goaltender Jocelyn Thibault had hip surgery, and winger Eric Daze had back surgery. Both might be lost to the team at least until the All-Star break in February.


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