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Breaking: NHL veteran learns he needs surgery on Christmas.

The worst Christmas present ever?

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One National Hockey League franchise has just been hit with some devastating news on Christmas. 

According to a breaking news report from Columbus Blue Jackets insider Aaron Portzline, the Blue Jackets have lost veteran forward Cam Atkinson for a period of four to six weeks due to a serious injury. 

Portzline is reporting that Atkinson has suffered a fractured right foot and as a result he will need to undergo corrective surgery on either Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, a rather awful Christmas present. 

The 28-year-old winger is a core piece of the Blue Jackets offense and has played in 32 games for the team this season, recording 6 goals and 7 assists for 13 points over that stretch. 

Adding insult to injury for Atkinson will be the knowledge that his injury was caused by a blast from teammate Seth Jones during Saturday night's match up between the Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers. Obviously Jones did not intend to injure Atkinson by firing a shot off his foot, but that will do little to comfort Atkinson who now has to miss over a month of action.

The news will be particularly devastating for fans who watched the game on Saturday due to the fact that Atkinson had appeared to shake off the injury and never left the game. Unfortunately no matter how tough he is a fractured bone remains a fractured bone.