Originally created 01/16/04

Panthers rookie Horton likely out for season

MIAMI -- Florida Panthers center Nathan Horton will probably miss the remainder of the season after tearing the rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

The preliminary results of Wednesday's MRI exam "did not look good," team spokesman Justin Copertino said Thursday. The team hopes to learn Friday whether Horton will need surgery.

Horton was hurt Sunday against Vancouver when he slid head first into the end boards. Horton tried to shield his face with his left arm as he hit the boards but jammed his shoulder.

The injury brings an end to what was a strong rookie season for Horton, the No. 3 pick overall by the Panthers in last season's draft. This season he has 10 goals, including four in his last four games. He ranks third on the Panthers in goals and fifth among all rookies.

Horton, an Ontario native, became the youngest player to score on an NHL penalty shot when he beat Philadelphia's Jeff Hackett last week.


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