According to general manager Paul Holmgren, as a result of a late hit by Phoenix Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall on Tuesday, the Flyers’ seventh defenseman will undergo shoulder surgery to fix “instability,” and will miss 10-12 weeks.
While Team Canada dominated the Hungarians, 9-0, in the World Hockey Championships on Sunday, former Flyers’ forward Scottie Upshall didn’t just coast through the game. Early in the second period, the small speedster caught Andras Benk with his head down, breaking the Hungarian’s collarbone and knocking him out with a suspected concussion. Benk was carrying the puck across the blue line with his head down, when Upshall snuck him with the open ice hit. The hit that would have been deemed legal in the NHL, is punishable in international play. Play continued, while Benk lay lifeless on the ice.
Upshall was given a game misconduct and match penalty, which according to IIHF rules, automatically means a one-game suspension in international play.
Ryan Bright (Philabright@gmail.com) is a sports writer, born and raised in the Philadelphia area. A graduate of West Chester University, he has been with the Daily Local News in Chester County since early 2007, working as the paper's college and high school ice hockey beat writer. In 2010, began as a contributer for CSNPhilly.com, covering the Flyers and the Philadelphia Union.