Leafs' Allison out for season after hand surgery

Updated: March 30, 2006, 1:40 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Allison underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand, the team said Thursday.

 Jason Allison
Allison

Allison, injured Saturday night against Montreal, underwent the procedure on Tuesday. He won't play again this season as the recovery time is six weeks.

The 30-year-old Allison ranks second on the team with 60 points, including 43 assists. He has 76 penalty minutes and a minus-18 rating in 66 games this season.

The loss of Allison is another big blow to the Maple Leafs, who entered Thursday in 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings, seven points out of the eighth and final playoff spot with 10 games remaining. Toronto announced last Thursday that goaltender Ed Belfour would miss the rest of the season with a back injury.

An All-Star with Boston in 2001, Allison has recorded 154 goals and 331 assists in 552 career games with Washington, Boston, Los Angeles and Toronto.

The Associated Press and SportsTicker contributed to this report.

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