Blackhawks defenceman Dennis Gilbert announces season-ending wrist injury

Blackhawks defenceman Dennis Gilbert

Blackhawks defenceman Dennis Gilbert

Scott King

On Thursday, Blackhawks defenceman Dennis Gilbert announced on Twitter he had a wrist injury that would require surgery and end his season.

The statement provided clarity on why Gilbert wasn’t on the Hawks’ Phase 3 training camp roster and prepping for the play-in series against the Oilers on Aug. 1 with the rest of the team.

Also in the tweet, Gilbert said he discovered the injury during the NHL pause, which began on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The blueliner said he plans on joining the team next season.

Gilbert had three points (one goal, two assists) and a +/- rating of -8 in 21 games with the Hawks this season.