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Hawks’ Smith Out For Season With Hernia, Hip Injury

Ben Smith #28 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against the New York Islanders at the United Center on December 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Islanders 5-4 in a shootout.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ben Smith #28 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against the New York Islanders at the United Center on December 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Islanders 5-4 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Blackhawks forward Ben Smith will miss the rest of the season after suffering a hernia and a cartilage tear in his hip.

Team physician Dr. Michael Terry said Thursday that Smith will undergo surgery in one week to repair a right hip labral tear and a hernia.

“We anticipate a full recovery in approximately 16 weeks,” Terry said.

Smith, 23, recorded two goals in 13 games with the Blackhawks this season. He had not played with the Blackhawks since January, but has recorded 15 goals for the team’s minor league affiliate in Rockford, good for 3rd place in the American Hockey League.