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San Jose Sharks Tomas Hertl Undergoes Surgery After Knee-To-Knee Collision with Los Angeles Kings Captain Dustin Brown

January 1st, 2014 at 10:27 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

San Jose Sharks rookie forward, Tomas Hertl underwent surgery due to medial collateral and posterior ligaments in his right knee, which were successfully repaired announced after the operation Tuesday in Cleveland.

The Sharks expect him to make a full recovery but did not indicate how long it will take. He will most likely not return before the end of the regular season based on some research stating it usually takes anywhere between one to three or six to nine months to fully recover. He did not have any damage to his anterior cruciate ligament.

Hertl had to undergo the surgery after a knee-to-knee collision with Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown on December 19 at STAPLES Center.

The 20-year-old has 15 goals and 10 assists up until now, making him a leading candidate for the Calder Trophy and a spot on the Czech Republic’s Olympic team for Sochi in February 2014.

At the time no injury was announced but Brown got a game misconduct and five minute major for kneeing. Kings coach Darryl Sutter alongside fans did not agree, stating it wasn’t an appropriate call.

Brown told Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com about the collision the following day, December 20:

“Like I said, I can understand if my knee changed positions, if my leg changed positions, if I was leaning into him. But, in my opinion, the video clearly shows me trying to avoid collision. My leg is just as much at risk as his leg in a collision like that. If I have weight on my right leg, and then I’m sturdy on that leg and leaning in this way, maybe it’s different. Like I said, I’m just as much at risk in that play as he is.”

He added about whether the game misconduct was a right or wrong call. “I think it’s wrong. I understand why they call it. It happens really fast. The refs don’t have the benefit of watching a replay, but I think the replay clearly shows me trying to avoid. It’s one of those where we’re kind of on the same tracks and deciding which way to go. I mean, it happens quick on the ice, but the replay shows I’m trying to get out of the way.”

Brown spent the remainder of the game exercising and rethinking what happened in the collision as he got to see the replay.

Tags: Dustin Brown, Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, Tomas Hertl

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