October 20, 2015 / 6:28 PM / 2 years ago

Blackhawks' Keith out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

(Reuters) - Three-times Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is expected to be sidelined between four and six weeks after having knee surgery on Tuesday, the National Hockey League team said.

Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) hoist the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Keith, a three-times All-Star who won Olympic gold with Canada at both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games, had a procedure to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee.

“The surgery was successful and we expect him to return to full hockey activities in approximately 4-6 weeks,” the Blackhawks said in a statement.

One of the NHL’s most durable players, the 32-year-old has two assists in six games this season while ranking 17th in the league in average ice time at 24:21 per game.

Keith, who was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy in June as the most valuable player during the Stanley Cup playoffs, has never missed more than eight games in a season during his 11-year career.

The Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks have made an erratic start to this season and sit sixth in the Western Conference’s seven-team Central Division standings with a 3-3-0 record.

Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue

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