Oilers’ Hemsky goes under the knife

March 22, 2011, 11:09 PM

Edmonton Oilers winger Ales Hemsky had successful shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

Hemsky was injured on Mar. 1 after he was hit by Nashville Predators defenceman Jonathan Blum. Hemsky awkwardly fell to the ice on the play and caused a tear of the labrum in his left shoulder.

It was the third and final time that the Oilers forward was hurt this season. He also suffered from a groin injury and a concussion. Despite missing his 26th game of the season on Tuesday night, Hemsky is tied for the team lead in points with Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner at 42. He is the Oilers assist leader at 28.

It’s the second straight year Hemsky’s season has ended with shoulder surgery. Last year it was his right shoulder that gave out after a crosscheck from behind by LA’s Michal Handzus on Nov. 25. It cost Hemsky a total of 60 games. The Czech Republic native has never played an entire season but came close in 2005-06 when he played in 81 of 82 games.

It is expected to take four-to-six months for Hemsky to recover after the surgery.

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