San Jose Sharks rookie forward Tomas Hertl will miss the 2014 Sochi Olympics due to a right knee injury.
Hertl would have played for his native Czech Republic team, as he was born in Praha.
Czech Olympic coach Alois Hadamczik confirmed the news earlier today in comments made to iSport.cz.
Hertl will have surgery on his knee next week. The Sharks’ general manager Doug Wilson said he believes Hertl will be sidelined for over a month for healing, but he would have a more definitive notion after the actual surgery.
“The swelling is pretty extensive still,” Wilson told reporters Monday. “We’ll know more hopefully in the next week or so. The projection is probably a minimum of a month right now … but we are prepared that it could be longer.”
The 20-year-old forward became injured Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings during a knee-on-knee collision with Dustin Brown, captain of the Kings.
Hertl has 15 goals and ten assists on the year with 25 points.
San Jose is in third place in the Pacific division of the NHL’s Western Conference with 23 wins and just eight losses. The team is currently ranked 4th overall in goals per game with 3.1, with Hertl being their leading scorer.
Now, the Sharks will look to keep up their winning ways without Hertl as they take on the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday.
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