Tomas Hertl won’t be able to play in the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to an NHL.com report. The rookie sensation was injured on December 19 when the San Jose Sharks took on the Los Angeles Kings. Kings forward Dustin Brown delivered a knee-on-knee check to Hertl, and the Czech Republic native will undergo surgery next week to repair the damage.
As per NHL.com’s report:
San Jose Sharks rookie forward Tomas Hertlwill be unable to play for the Czech Republic team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics due to a right knee injury, according to comments from Czech Olympic coach Alois Hadamczik to ISport.cz.
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson spoke to the league’s official site about Hertl’s injury:
The swelling is pretty extensive still. 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.
That’s a big loss for both San Jose and the Czech Republic. Hertl was one of a handful of young players that were preparing to step in for the Czechs, representing a changing of the guard of sorts. Stars like Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias won’t be around for the next Olympics, and Hertl was set to make his debut.
San Jose has had problems keeping their top line of Joe Thornton, Brent Burns and Hertl healthy this season, but the team does have several options to play around with.