Saturday January 17th, 2015

Colorado Avalanche winger Borna Rendulic is out indefinitely with a broken leg, the team announced on Friday. 

Rendulic sustained the injury during Thursday night's game against the Florida Panthers.

The 22-year-old rookie recently became the first Croatian-born player to score an NHL goal after being recalled for the second time from Lake Erie on Dec. 31.

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Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said that Rendulic will be out for "at least eight weeks," according to the Denver Post

"It's sad, but I guess it's part of the game," Roy said. "We were excited about making [Rendulic, John Mitchell and Dennis Everberg] the third line for us. The couple of shifts they had together, there was size, there was speed. I really would love to see that happening because I thought it would be a great experience for these guys."

In 11 games this season, Rendulic has one goal and one assist. 

The Avalanche (19-17-9) play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. 

- Molly Geary

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