Blackhawks' Campbell Out For 7-8 Weeks

Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIMarch 16, 2010

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 02:  Brian Campbell #51 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the New York Islanders on March 2, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Hawks 5-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Blackhawks announced Tuesday defenseman Brian Campbell will miss 7-8 weeks due to a fractured clavicle and a fractured rib. 

Campbell was on the receiving side of a cheap, late, and unnecessary hit bu Capital's Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin was later suspended two game by the league.  

"He will likely avoid surgery, and we anticipate a full recovery," Blackhawks physician Michael Terry said in a statement. "He should be ready to play in approximately seven to eight weeks."

Ovechkin apologized for the hit, but said that he will still stay an aggressive player. 

"I am very sorry that Brian was injured, and I hope he is able to return to his team soon. NHL hockey is a physical game. We all play hard every time we are on the ice and have battles each shift in every game we play, so we can do our jobs and win. As players, we must accept responsibility for our actions and I am no different, but I did not intend to injure Brian and that is why I was disappointed with the NHL's decision yesterday.

"Every time I have the honor to play for my team, I will continue to do what I have done since I was taught to play. I will play hard, play with passion and play with respect for my teammates, opponents and fans. I look forward to returning to my team and doing everything I can to be the best player I can be."


For more info on how cheap Ovechkin's check was check out Tab Bamford's slideshow.