Panthers’ Vincent Trocheck out indefinitely after ankle surgery

Florida Panthers' Vincent Trocheck is stretchered off the ice after an awkward collision with Ryan Dzingel, in which he appears to fall on his own leg and bend it the wrong way.

The Florida Panthers will be without centre Vincent Trocheck for an indefinite amount of time after he underwent surgery to repair an ankle fracture.

The injury occurred late in the first period of Monday’s 7-5 win over the Ottawa Senators. As Trocheck and Sens forward Ryan Dzingel went hard into the boards behind the Ottawa net, Trocheck’s ankle can be seen bending backwards. The 25-year-old had to be helped off the ice on a stretcher and didn’t return to the game.

“Vinny is a tremendous competitor and leader for our club,” GM Dale Tallon said in a press release. “It’s never easy to see a player and person like him suffer an injury like this, but we are confident that he will make a full recovery and be back on the ice with our team this season.”

Trocheck has three goals and 14 points in 18 games this season. He also has a faceoff success rate of 53.9 per cent.

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