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Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler undergoes hip surgery, team says

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Canuck centre Ryan Kesler has undergone hip surgery, the NHL team said in a release Tuesday.

The Selke Trophy winner is expected to make a full recovery in 10-to-12 weeks.

Kesler needed the operation to repair his labrum, which is a type of cartilage that surrounds the socket of ball-and-socket joints. It helps to provide stability to the joint while allowing flexibility and motion.

''After consultation with our team physicians following the playoffs, it was deemed that Ryan would require a procedure on his hip,” GM Mike Gillis said in a release. “We expect a full recovery and determined this procedure would best serve both Ryan and the team’s long-term goals.”

Kesler had a career-high 41 goals and added 32 assists in 82 games with the Canucks last year. In 25 playoff games he added seven goals and 12 assists.