MONTREAL(  October 13, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier issued tonight a medical update on the status of forward Ryan White.

White underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair a sports hernia. He will be out indefinitely.  White, 23, suffered this injury during the team’s training camp last September. He has not participated in any preseason game, and missed the team’s first two regular season games.

White played 27 games for the Canadiens in 2010-11. He registered five points (2 goals, 3 assists), and 38 penalty minutes. He played in all seven playoff contests. With the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, he registered 12 pointS (3 goals, 9 assists) and 77 penalty minutes in 33 regular season games.

In simpler times a “sports hernia” was diagnosed as a groin muscle tear.  Now, medically it’s called “Gilmore’s Groin”, a condition  named after Jerry Gilmore, the London surgeon who first recognised this syndrome in 1980. The condition is also known as a Sports Hernia, but Gilmore’s Groin is a more apt title because, strictly speaking, there is no true herniation.

If you’re really that curious, here is the step-by-step procedure in pictures.