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NHL injuries often a mystery, and the league approves

"Upper body" and "lower body." Those terms are as common in the modern hockey vernacular as high sticking or offsides. They're usually trotted out to describe a player's injury -- in as vague a way as possible. Teams fear revealing the specific nature of an injury will set a player up for targeting and endanger his safety. But the hockey world now knows Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane suffered a broken collarbone, underwent surgery and will need 12 weeks to recover. How do they know? Because the Blackhawks said so. The Hawks didn't stick to their initial description of Kane's injury as "upper body," though technically they were within their rights to do so. League rules allow teams ...

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