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Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Kesler undergoes hip surgery, unlikely to play next season

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Connor Grott
Anaheim Ducks and Team USA forward Ryan Kesler (R) underwent major hip surgery after the 2016-17 season. He has struggled with the pain since that operation. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Anaheim Ducks and Team USA forward Ryan Kesler (R) underwent major hip surgery after the 2016-17 season. He has struggled with the pain since that operation. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

May 14 (UPI) -- Anaheim Ducks veteran center Ryan Kesler underwent right hip resurfacing surgery and is likely out for the 2019-20 season.

According to the team, the procedure was a "bone-preserving hip replacement that can provide pain relief and increase function in normal activities of daily living." The Ducks added that the surgery "leaves open the possibility that Kesler could resume his NHL career following a lengthy recovery."

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Kesler underwent the operation last Thursday in New York. The team confirmed the successful procedure Monday.

"As we all know, Ryan has been fiercely battling his condition for quite some time," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. "I've been extremely impressed by his determination to play despite being significantly injured. At this point, Ryan needs to think about his life and family. The pain he felt was significant and we agree with his decision to have this surgery.

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"While it's unlikely he will play in 2019-20, we will support any decision he makes about his future playing career. He deserves the utmost respect, which he will receive from the entire Ducks organization as he contemplates his future."

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Kesler, 34, underwent major hip surgery following the 2016-17 campaign and has struggled since. He recorded only five goals and three assists in 60 games last season. He was limited to 44 games in the 2017-18 season.

Kesler has played in 1,001 games with the Vancouver Canucks and Ducks. He has tallied 285 goals and 315 assists.

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"At this point in my career, this surgery was the best option for my quality of life," Kesler said. "The pain I was suffering has been greatly reduced since the procedure, and I'm grateful for that. While my playing future is unknown, I'm in a good place. I want to thank all the doctors and trainers as part of 'Team Kesler,' my teammates, my agent, Kurt Overhardt, the Ducks organization, the fans, and most importantly, my family, for their support.

"I'm extremely appreciative of everyone that has helped me through the process. I look forward to spending more time with my family and doing everyday activities without pain."

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