Team Canada defenseman Ed Jovanovski will miss Olympics

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ed Jovanovski will miss the Olympics because of a lower abdominal injury.

The Canucks said Monday night that the Canadian star was scheduled to have surgery in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Olympic hockey tournament starts Feb. 15 in Turin, 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.

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.

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