Vancouver Canucks centre Manny Malhotra is to undergo a second surgery Tuesday March 29th to try to save his badly damaged left eye. NBA star and Vancouverite Steve Nash is related to Malhotra and broke the news earlier today through Twitter.
“I need my brother in law, Manny Malhotra of the Vancouver Canucks, to have a successful eye surgery tomorrow saving his eye and vision,” wrote Nash.
Rumours of Malhotra’s misfortune have been swirling around Vancouver the past week, but the Canucks remain tight-lipped about any details.
Malholtra had an initial procedure done on March 21st, after which the team announced he would not return for the remainder of the season and playoffs.
Last week, a source close to the team revealed to Inside Hockey that Malhotra’s eyesight and playing career is in grave danger – statements unsubstantiated until today. That same source is now claiming the Canucks will not release any information until after the playoffs, but to expect Malhotra to have to hang up his skates for good – regardless of how tomorrow’s procedure goes.
The injury happened on a rather innocuous play March 16th against the Avalanche, after the puck ricocheted up Malholtra’s stick and struck him following a Christian Ehrhoff pass along the ice. Malhotra was not wearing a visor.
Malhotra was enjoying a fine debut season with the Canucks (72 GP, 11G, 19A), providing the team with gritty, dependable play to go along with his prowess in the faceoff circle.
He is a reputed family man and has been a stalwart in the community since his arrival in Vancouver last summer.