Could Miss First Half of Season

Boucher To Undergo Hip Surgery

By Tommy Schoegler
By Eric Dutkiewicz

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 8:39 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Goaltender Nick Boucher could miss the first half of the season, as he will undergo hip surgery to fix bone spurs.

Fort Wayne Komets general manager David Franke confirmed the severity of the injury Thursday on Sound Off.

Boucher confirms to Indiana's NewsCenter that he has bone spurs in both hip joints; with the right hip worse. Boucher says he will undergo an orthoscopic procedure to shave the spurs from the bones.

Boucher says recovery time would be a mininum of 12 weeks. Franke expects Boucher, who has not re-signed with the Komets, would likely be out anywhere from mid-December to late-January.

Franke says surgery was determined necessary following a recent 3-D scan of Boucher's hips.

"If he's going to continue to play (professional) hockey, surgery is definitely gonna be needed," Franke says.

Franke says the franchise was made aware of Boucher's conditions a while ago.

Click on the video icon to see Franke talk about Boucher on Sound Off.

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