Stars C Mike Ribeiro will miss 4-6 weeks after accidentally getting hit in throat with stick

FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars centre Mike Ribeiro will miss four to six weeks after being accidentally hit in the throat with a stick during a game against the New York Rangers.

Ribeiro was placed on the injured list Thursday and will remain hospitalized in New York for a few days.

He underwent a tracheotomy Wednesday night as part of a procedure to repair a throat contusion.

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The treatment came a few hours after Ribeiro was struck by the stick of New York’s Christopher Higgins as the players crossed paths at centre ice in the second period of New York’s 5-2 victory.

Higgins was assessed a two-minute minor penalty.

Ribeiro has 10 goals and 23 assists in 43 games for the Stars.