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Norfolk’s Ruutu out 3-4 months

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that forward Tuomo Ruutu will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a subluxation of his left shoulder.

Ruutu suffered the injury during the recently completed World Cup of Hockey, where his Team Finland lost to Team Canada in the finals. He returned to Chicago earlier this week and was examined by team doctors who determined surgery was necessary to repair his shoulder.

Ruutu, 21, had been slated to join the Norfolk Admirals for the start of the 2004-05 season. The ninth overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Ruutu tallied 23 goals and 21 assists while skaing in all 82 games for the Blackhawks last season, his first in North America.

The surgery will take place tomorrow at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Ruutu’s recovery time is expected to be three to four months.