Komets goaltender Nick Boucher is proceeding with surgery on his left hip next Thursday.
Boucher already had surgery on his right hip this summer to repair cam impingement, an abnormal grinding, and he expected he would have surgery on his left hip as well to improve his overall health and increase the chances he'll be able to resume his career.
Boucher has guided the Komets to four championships in five years, including last season's title in the CHL. He is not signed for this season.
The Komets plan to have goaltenders Charlie Effinger and Kenny Reiter, though both are slated to appear in training camp with teams in the higher-level American Hockey League.
Effinger played last season with Missouri of the CHL. Reiter is on a two-way contract with Bridgeport of the AHL, but he is expected to be assigned to the Komets.
Boucher may be able to return in January or earlier.
"This surgery doesn't change anything with that prognosis," said Boucher, who was selected as the Komets' MVP by his teammates last season.
When Boucher had surgery on July 19, it wound up being more in depth than he'd hoped it would be as he underwent micro-fracture surgery.
That is a possibility again.
"They have to shave the femoral head and then see how much damage is in the joint and labrum," he said. "They can't tell until they get in there."
The Komets plan to evaluate Boucher's condition if he returns, to determine if they will re-sign him for their first season in the ECHL.