Canadian captain Kirby Dach will miss the world junior hockey championship after suffering a wrist injury in a pre-tournament game against Russia on Wednesday night.
He will return to Chicago to undergo further examination by team doctors.
Dach was injured on what seemed like a harmless bodycheck in the neutral zone in the third period. After the hit, he pulled off his glove, skated off the ice and went directly to the locker-room area.
Canadian coach Andre Tourigny did not have details on Dach’s injury after the game. He said an update would be provided once X-ray results were available.
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The third overall pick by Chicago in the 2019 NHL draft, Dach cracked Chicago’s roster last season and had eight goals and 15 assists in 23 games.
Canada is set to open the tournament Saturday against Germany.
The event starts Friday with three games.