Phoenix Coyotes’ centre Martin Hanzal to have back surgery

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Phoenix Coyotes centre Martin Hanzal is scheduled to have back surgery on Thursday.

The 21-year-old will have a herniated disc operated on by specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles. Hanzal injured his back while playing for the Czech Republic at the world championships in May.

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Coyotes general manager Don Maloney says if everything goes well with the surgery and rehabilitation Hanzal should be ready for training camp in mid-September.

He had eight goals and 27 assists during his rookie year with the Coyotes.