Calgary Flames defenceman Noah Hanifin out for the season with shoulder injury

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Calgary Flames defenceman Noah Hanifin requires season-ending shoulder surgery.

The 24-year-old was injured early in the first period of Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Hanifin was tangling with Canadiens forward Corey Perry along the boards near the Flames' bench when his left leg went out from underneath him. Hanifin's shoulder made contact with the ice as he went down.

The six-foot-three, 215-pound defender has four goals and 11 assists and was minus-two in 47 games this season.

The loss of a top-four defenceman dented Calgary's playoff hopes.

The Flames were four points back of the Canadiens, who were holding down the North Division's fourth and final playoff spot heading into Monday's game at Scotiabank Saddledome.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 26, 2021.

The Canadian Press