Surgery to sideline Avalanche's Sakic for up to 12 weeks

Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:14pm EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic is to undergo hernia surgery and will be sidelined for eight to 12 weeks, the team said on Thursday.

"Joe's rehabilitation has not progressed as anticipated and upon further evaluation the decision has been made to perform surgery in order for him to fully recover," team physician Andy Parker said in a statement.

Sakic has missed 12 consecutive games because of the injury.

"After consulting with the doctors we believe this procedure will enable me to return to the lineup," Sakic said in a statement.

Prior to the injury, Sakic had played 232 consecutive games, beginning the streak on Jan 6, 2004.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by John O'Brien)

 
<p>In this file photo Colorado Avalanche forward Joe Sakic (L) is congratulated by teammate Paul Stastny after Sakic scored his 600th career goal in the third period of their NHL game against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alberta, February 15, 2007. Sakic is to undergo hernia surgery and will be sidelined for eight to 12 weeks, the team said on Thursday. REUTERS/Patrick Price</p>