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Flames' Jokipakka could miss World Cup after hip surgery

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Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka underwent hip surgery upon the completion of the Calgary Flames' season, president Brian Burke revealed Friday on Sportnset 960 The Fan radio.

The procedure may keep Jokipakka from playing for Finland at this fall's World Cup in Toronto, Burke said. Jokipakka was added to the Finnish squad last week when the club filled out its roster.

Jokipakka will turn 25 in August, and a decision on his status will be made later in the summer. The Flames are quite pleased that he was added to the roster, according to Burke, who said the inclusion speaks to the kid's bright future.

Acquired in a deadline deal that sent Kris Russell to the Dallas Stars, Jokipakka had six assists in 18 games as a Flame, logging slightly under 18 minutes per game. He has two goals and 20 assists in 109 career games, and is set for restricted free agency after the 2016-17 season.

- With h/t to Pro Hockey Talk

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