Canucks' Ekman-Larsson sustains foot fracture during world hockey championship

Calgary Flames' Matthew Tkachuk, back left, and Vancouver Canucks' Oliver Ekman-Larsson, of Sweden, vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, February 24, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

The Vancouver Canucks announced Saturday that defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson sustained a foot fracture during the world hockey championship in Finland.

Ekman-Larsson, who served as Sweden's captain, is expected to need four-to-six weeks of recovery time.

The 30-year-old missed two games during the tournament after blocking a shot against Czechia but returned for his team's 4-3 overtime loss to Canada in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Ekman-Larsson scored 29 points — five goals and 24 assists — in his first season with the Canucks after arriving from the Arizona Coyotes in a blockbuster trade last summer.

Drafted sixth overall by the Coyotes in 2009, Ekman-Larsson has 133 goals and 284 assists for 417 points in 848 career games.

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