Ryan Kesler has hip surgery

Ryan Kesler tries to screen the view of Tim Thomas during 2nd period action in game 5 of the...

Ryan Kesler tries to screen the view of Tim Thomas during 2nd period action in game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. , on Friday June 10, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 9:52 PM ET

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler has successful hip labral surgery on Tuesday.

He is expected to make a full recovery in 10-to-12 weeks, meaning he might miss some games at the start of the season. He has appeared in every game for the Canucks the past three seasons.

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

Last season, the former first-round draft pick had a career-high 41 goals and added 32 assists in all 82 games. He also contributed seven goals and 12 assists in Vancouver's run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Thanks to his work, he was awarded the Selke Trophy as the top defensive forward in the NHL this past season.

Over seven seasons and 484 games, the 26-year-old has notched 131 goals and 157 assists in the regular season and 10 goals and 23 assists in 48 postseason games.

He also underwent hip surgery in January of 2007.


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