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Bruins’ Allison Out for Season

January 12, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ Boston Bruins forward Jason Allison will miss the rest of the season after deciding Tuesday to have surgery _ first on his left thumb and then on his right wrist.

``The whole year has been a disappointment,″ he said Tuesday night between periods of the Bruins’ game against Toronto. ``The first game I hurt my arm. I haven’t been able to do things I know I can do.″

Allison, who’s been troubled by the wrist since last season, hoped to make it through this campaign without surgery that would keep him out three to four months.

After injuring thumb ligaments Saturday, he was told surgery could wait, the Bruins said. But Dr. James Herndon said Tuesday the injury was more serious than first thought and he will operate on Allison’s thumb on Wednesday.

``Dr. Herndon looked at the MRI and determined that the left hand injury is more serious that the wrist and should be repaired first,″ general manager Harry Sinden said.

The wrist surgery will be pushed back four to five weeks so that Allison, whose wife is expecting their first baby this month, won’t have both hands in casts at the same time.

``I want to be able to brush my teeth, drive my car,″ he said.

Allison has led the Bruins in scoring in each of his two full seasons with the team. The 24-year-old center is the team’s No. 3 scorer this season with 10 goals and 18 assists in 37 games, missing five because of the wrist.

``In a way, it could be a blessing in disguise,″ said Allison, whose left hand was in a cast. ``Instead of playing not even close to 100 percent and not playing very well, at least this way I know it will be 100 percent when I come back.″

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