Brock Boeser out 4-6 weeks with injury
Former UND forward Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks, considered one of the frontrunners for the NHL’s rookie of the year award, may be out for the rest of the season.
Boeser sustained a soft-tissue injury and a small, non-structural, non-displaced fracture of the transverse process in his lower back after violently colliding with an open door along the bench in Monday night’s game.
Boeser was taken to the hospital and was released.
The Canucks said the injury will keep him out four to six weeks. There are only four-and-a-half weeks left in the regular season. Vancouver is not in line to make the playoffs.
“Yeah, it’s unfortunate, for sure,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said. “Obviously, Brock’s had a great rookie season. The good news is that he’ll have a full recovery.”
Boeser has 29 goals and 55 points in 62 games this season. He leads the Canucks in both goals and points.
Among rookies, Boeser ranks first in the NHL in goals and second in points.
He also was named MVP of the NHL All-Star Game in January.
“He’s been a big part of what we’ve done this year,” Canucks forward Daniel Sedin said. “In saying that, it could have been a lot worse. It’s going to be tough for sure. We’re going to miss him on the power play and the respect he brings from other teams.
“He’s been really good this year in a lot of parts of his game. We’re going to miss him. That’s a guy why fans should be excited. He’s the real deal.”
Boeser played two years at UND, helping the Fighting Hawks win their eighth NCAA national championship as a rookie.
He racked up 43 goals and 94 points in 74 games before turning pro at the end of last season.