Apr 11, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Jets center Jim Slater (19) passes the puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Winnipeg Jets won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets center Slater has hip surgery


Winnipeg Jets center Jim Slater underwent surgery to clear up some issues from a nagging hip injury, the team announced on Friday.

In a statement released on the team’s website, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff detailed the procedure that Slater had done.

“Jim Slater underwent successful hip labrum surgery yesterday to repair an issue that was diagnosed following the season,” the statement read. “The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hip Preservation Center in New York. It is anticipated Jim will make a full recovery in time for training camp in September.”

The injury was discovered during the team’s post-season physicals.

This isn’t the first time the Jets forward has run into injury troubles. During the lockout-shortened 2013 season, Slater played in just 26 of the team’s 48 games due to a variety of ailments. This past season, Slater scored just one goal and one assist in 27 games. He was sidelined for the most part because of a hernia.

As Cheveldayoff said in his statement, Slater is expected to be ready to go by the time training camp begins in September. Hopefully the 31-year old can finally avoid the injury bug, and be healthy enough to play an entire season.

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