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Chris Pronger Needs Spinal Cord Surgery

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Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Chris Pronger needs surgery to remove a herniated disc from his spinal cord. Pronger and his Philadelphia Flyers were recently eliminated from the NHL playoffs. (Getty/Bruce Bennett)

Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Chris Pronger needs surgery to remove a herniated disc from his spinal cord. Pronger and his Philadelphia Flyers were recently eliminated from the NHL playoffs. (Getty/Bruce Bennett)

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VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, who missed the majority of the postseason, will undergo surgery to remove a herniated disc from his spinal cord on Thursday.

Pronger, 36, will undergo a procedure called a discectomy, which will be performed by orthopedic specialist Frank Cammisa at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Pronger, who helped lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, was limited to 50 regular-season games this year, scoring just four goals. He also played in just three playoff games, and was a minus-3.

On Wednesday, forwards Mike Richards (left wrist) and Blair Betts (left pinkie), and defenseman Andrej Meszaros (right wrist) underwent successful surgeries, and goaltender Michael Leighton (hip) was also slated for afternoon surgery.

Copyright Associated Press

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