Hunter Shinkaruk will undergo major hip surgery next week, ending his WHL season prematurely. This comes via a Vancouver Sun report from Elliott Pap. He notes that the top Vancouver Canucks prospect has been trying to play through the injury since October, and was attempting to make Team Canada for the World Junior Championship.
He was among the final cuts for the squad though, and will move forward with surgery in Vail, Colorado.
Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis had this to say about the injury, as per the Sun report:
We’ve been involved every step of the way. He was diagnosed probably a month and a half ago but he wanted to try and play through it to get on the world junior team. He wanted to postpone things as long as possible. We expect, and everyone expects, a complete and full recover and that he will be right back to normal after a four- to five-month period.
He has a tear in his labrum, according to Pap.
Through 18 games with the Medicine Hat Tigers this season, Shinkaruk has five goals and 11 assists. He was the 24th-overall selection by the Canucks at the draft this summer, and had an impressive training camp, almost forcing the team to keep him at the NHL level.