Blackhawks’ Ben Smith to have surgery

Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith will undergo season-ending

surgery next week to repair a right hip tear and hernia.

Team physician Dr. Michael Terry said the recovery for Smith

would take approximately four months. The surgery is scheduled for

March 15.

The 23-year-old Smith has two goals in 13 games for the

Blackhawks and has spent most of the season with Rockford of the

AHL. Smith, a former star at Boston College, made his NHL debut

last season and played six regular-season games. He then scored

three goals in an opening-round, seven-game playoff loss to

Vancouver.