The Kansas City Mavericks have likely lost veteran forward Rocco Carzo for the ECHL season.
The team announced Wednesday that Carzo will undergo surgery for a lower body injury in early December and is expected to make a full recovery.
But the surgery will also likely mean the end of his season.
“I’m absolutely crushed for Rocco to have his season cut short,” Brent Thiessen, Mavericks president and general manager, said in a release. “He is a huge part of our team, a tremendous leader in our locker room and we will miss having him on the ice this season. I’m confident that he will bring a positive approach to rehab day in and day out and will be back on the ice as soon as possible.”
Carzo, 27, had recorded two goals, three assists, a minus-5 rating and four penalty minutes in 12 games with the Mavericks this season.
“This is obviously not the way I envisioned the season starting and ending for me,” Carzo said in the release. “It’s a part of the sport and I’m going to face this injury head-on and come back stronger than before. I’m going to miss being out there battling with my teammates and playing in front of our fans, but the Orange Army just added one more fan.”
The Media, Pennsylvania, native played two full seasons with the Mavericks, helping to guide them to the Brabham Cup for the ECHL’s best regular season record in 2015-16. He entered this year with 39 goals and 72 assists for 111 points in 147 games in a Mavericks jersey.
Carzo was injured by a check during the second period of last Wednesday’s game at Wichita as he cleared the puck out of the Mavericks’ defensive zone. He immediately headed to the Mavericks’ locker room and did not return to action.