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Welch to have Surgery

Defenseman Noah Welch confirmed Wednesday that he would have potentially season-ending shoulder surgery in the coming days.

Welch, a rookie out of Harvard, was injured in a fight earlier this month and suffered a torn labrum. He says the rehab could take between four and six months, meaning his season could be over.

Here's some stuff from Noah:

"It's going to be four to six months…that’s what made it so tough. Mentally, I couldn’t come to terms with that. I had high expectations for the team, for myself. I couldn’t come to grips with losing the season. I’ve lost a lot of sleep over it. But now that I’ve made up my mind, I’ve been OK with it. I’m trying to turn it into a positive.''

“I have no regrets about that fight,’’ he said. “I play a physical game whether I’m sticking up for a teammate or myself. It’s part of the game. I’m not going to go out looking for fights, but everything happens for a reason. I think the next few months of rehab are going to make me a better player.’’