The Blues announced on Saturday evening that veteran forward Jamie Langenbrunner will undergo surgery for a torn labrum in his left hip. His injury will likely sideline him for the remainder of the season, and could put an end the Cloquet, Minnesota native’s career.
Langenbrunner has other plans.
“The decision was made that it made more sense (to have the surgery now),” said Langenbrunner. “It’s not the choice I wanted to have to make, but I didn’t really have another option.”
“I don’t want to end my career like this. Hopefully I can get this done and have the six months to get myself back into shape and come back stronger.”
Langenbrunner, 37, is an 18-year NHL veteran who has spent one full season with the Blues. He was inked to one-year contract extension this past offseason, and has played in four games this year for the Blues. The team told Langenbrunner they still want him to travel with the team despite the injury.
“I signed this past summer because I love our team and because of the chance we have going forward,” said Langenbrunner. “Not being in the locker room is probably the hardest part. I guess I’ll be some kind of scout from the press box.”
Langenbrunner first felt the pain a few weeks ago, but isn't sure when the injury first occurred.
“I’m not really sure when it happened,” said Langenbrunner. “It could have happened years ago. It’s just something that has been really painful the last few weeks. After my last game it got to the point where it was almost unbearable.”
Langenbrunner is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion. He won cups with Dallas (1999) and New Jersey (2003). Langenbrunner has amassed 663 points (243 goals, 420 assists) in 1,100 career NHL games.
Since being drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Langenbrunner has spent time with Stars, New Jersey Devils, and most recently, the St. Louis Blues.
Langenbunner joined the Blues on July 6, 2011, and since has totaled 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 74 games with the team.
Langenbrunner is best known for his time with the Stars, in which he won his first of two Stanley Cups. During the 1998-99 playoffs, Langenbrunner had 10 goals, and seven assists, leading the Stars to the Stanley Cup finals, and ultimately the franchise’s only Stanley Cup Championship.
If this is truly the end for Langenbrunner, it will be the end of a great career.