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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ed Jovanovski will miss the Olympics because of a lower abdominal injury.

The Canucks said Monday night the Canadian star was set to have surgery Wednesday in Philadelphia. The Olympic hockey tournament starts Feb. 15 in Torino, Italy.

"After further consultation with one of the leading physicians with regard to abdominal sports injuries it was decided that surgery was the best course of action," Canucks general manager Dave Nonis said. "The best long term decision for Eddie and our hockey club was to have the surgery immediately."

Jovanovski is expected to be replaced by Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe, selected earlier to Canada's backup squad. McCabe hoped to return to the Maple Leafs' lineup in Tampa Bay on Tuesday night after missing the past few weeks with a partial groin tear.

"It's going to be exciting," McCabe said Monday after Toronto's victory in Florida. "It's certainly a bonus. I wasn't expecting it. Obviously, everyone wants to go over there and play. With the chance to go over there, I'm a lot more excited. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Toronto coach Pat Quinn will coach the Canadian team.

"You hope that nothing happens, but it has happened," Quinn said. "I think it's fine. Bryan has been looking forward to playing. He's been having a terrific season and he's been a good player for a while."

Team Canada also is awaiting a decision from Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer, who has a small tear in his knee that may require arthroscopic surgery. The Mighty Ducks have given him the option to decide when he wants to have surgery.

Jovanovski, a three-time NHL All-Star, has six goals and 22 assists in 39 games this season for the Canucks.

"It's hard news for Ed and his family and for us," said Canucks vice president Steve Tambellini, also the Canadian Olympic team's director of player personnel. "On the other hand I'm sure he's relieved he can take some action now and have some timetable to get back and play for us."
2006-02-01 09:01:31
2006-02-01 09:01:31
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