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Flames’ Valimaki requires surgery to repair torn ACL, out indefinitely

Last Updated Aug 12, 2019 at 12:40 pm MDT

Calgary Flames' Juuso Valimaki, right, controls the puck in front of Anaheim Ducks' Patrick Eaves (18) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

Calgary (Sportsnet) – Calgary Flames defenceman Juuso Valimaki sustained a torn ACL in his right knee during a training session last weekend and will require surgery that will sideline him indefinitely, the team announced Monday.

Valimaki, 20, was the Flames’ first-round pick in 2017 (16th overall).

He suited up in 24 games for the club last season, collecting a goal and two assists.

The six-foot-two, 212-pound rearguard spent the rest of the campaign with the AHL’s Stockton Heat, recording 14 points in 20 games.