Eichel leads the way in NHL for disk replacement surgeries


              Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele, left, watch the puck during the third period in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ellen Schmidt)
            
              This 2022 photo provided by DISC Sports & Spine Center shows boxes of Orthofix M6 artificial discs at the DISC Surgery Center in Newport Beach, Calif. Vegas Golden Knights Jack Eichel fought for the right to have a never-been-performed-on-an-NHL-player sort of neck surgery. The procedure Eichel wanted was one that would get him back on the ice in a fraction of the time and was over the accepted standard of fusion. It was called artificial disk replacement.(Matt Goulding/DISC Sports & Spine Center via AP)
            
              This 2022 photo provided by DISC Sports & Spine Center shows Dr. Robert S. Bray Jr. explaining minimally invasive spine surgery at the DISC Surgery Center in Newport Beach, Calif. Bray has performed countless disk surgeries. He has helped extreme sports standouts like big wave surfer Koa Rothman, actor Melissa Gilbert and Chicago Blackhawks center Tyler Johnson, who followed the lead of Vegas Golden Knights' Jack Eichel after years and years of chronic numbness and pain. (Matt Goulding/DISC Sports & Spine Center via AP)
            
              FILE - Chicago Blackhawks center Tyler Johnson (90) skates against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, in Denver. Vegas forward Jack Eichel fought for the right to have a never-been-performed-on-an-NHL-player sort of neck surgery. Tyler Johnson underwent the procedure last November. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
            
              FILE - Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) plays against the Los Angeles Kings in an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Las Vegas. Jack Eichel fought for the right to have a never-been-performed-on-an-NHL-player sort of neck surgery. The sharpshooting center for the Golden Knights by way of the Buffalo Sabres may be doing for backs/necks what Tommy John once did for the elbows of baseball pitchers — save careers. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
            
              This 2022 photo provided by DISC Sports & Spine Center shows Dr. Bray inside DISC’s operating room at the DISC Surgery Center in Newport Beach, Calif. Bray has helped extreme sports standouts like big wave surfer Koa Rothman, actor Melissa Gilbert and Chicago Blackhawks' Tyler Johnson, who followed the lead of Vegas Golden Knights Jack Eichel after years and years of chronic numbness and pain. (Matt Goulding/DISC Sports & Spine Center via AP)
            
              FILE - Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel speaks during a news conference after an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Las Vegas. Jack Eichel fought for the right to have a never-been-performed-on-an-NHL-player sort of neck surgery. The sharpshooting center for the Golden Knights by way of the Buffalo Sabres may be doing for backs/necks what Tommy John once did for the elbows of baseball pitchers — save careers. (AP Photo/David Becker, File)