Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton breaks leg in scary-looking fall


Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton is checked on by head athletic trainer Doug Bennett. (Photo: Kirk Irwin, Getty Images)

Dougie Hamilton, one of the top-scoring defensemen in the NHL, broke his left fibula in Thursday night’s game after his leg bent awkwardly during a fall.

Michael Smith, a senior editor for the Hurricanes’ website, tweeted that Hamilton was being evaluated by team doctors “and could undergo a procedure as early as (Friday). A further update and recovery timeline will be known (Friday) evening.”

The Carolina Hurricanes’ All-Star Game representative and Columbus Blue Jackets rookie center Kevin Stenlund were pursuing a loose puck during the second period when Stenlund’s skate hit Hamilton’s. The defenseman lost his balance and his full weight came down on his awkwardly bent leg and ankle.

Hamilton immediately called out for assistance and needed help getting to the dressing room, unable to put weight on his left leg.

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