Coyotes' Clayton Keller has season-ending surgery for fractured leg

Watch as Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller needs to be stretchered off the ice after getting tangled up with San Jose Sharks defenceman Nicolas Meloche and crashing awkwardly into the boards.

Arizona Coyotes star Clayton Keller says he'll be out for the rest of the season, but plans to be ready for the start of the 2022-23 campaign after being taken off the ice on a stretcher during a game against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Keller tweeted he is resting in hospital after being transported there immediately following the injury.

The Coyotes confirmed that the winger underwent successful surgery for a fractured leg Wednesday night and is expected to make a full recovery after four to six months.

Keller crashed legs-first into the boards late in Arizona's 5-2 victory over the Sharks.

The game was delayed about 10 minutes with 5:15 remaining after Keller, the Coyotes' leading scorer, went hard into the boards behind the San Jose net. He remained prone on the ice for about five minutes before being wheeled off, giving a thumbs-up sign as he left.

Keller, whose mother was in attendance, leads the Coyotes with 28 goals and 35 assists.

-- With files from The Associated Press

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