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Blackhawks' Smith to have surgery

Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith will undergo endoscopic surgery to repair a right hip labral tear and a hernia, the team announced on Thursday.

"Ben Smith has suffered a right hip labral tear and a hernia. He will undergo endoscopic surgery next Thursday (March 15) to repair both issues. We anticipate a full recovery in approximately 16 weeks," Blackhawks head team Physician Dr. Michael Terry said.

Smith, 23, has recorded two goals in 13 games with Chicago this season.