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Joe Sakic slated for hernia surgery

Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic smiles after announcing his signing a new one-year deal to remain with the Colorado Avalanche during a press conference at the Pepsi Center in Denver April 9, 2007. Sakic joins NHL former great Gordie Howe as the only players to reach the 100 point mark at the age of 37 or older. Sakic finished the 2006-07 season with 36 goals and 64 assists. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic smiles after announcing his signing a new one-year deal to remain with the Colorado Avalanche during a press conference at the Pepsi Center in Denver April 9, 2007. Sakic joins NHL former great Gordie Howe as the only players to reach the 100 point mark at the age of 37 or older. Sakic finished the 2006-07 season with 36 goals and 64 assists. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey) | License Photo

DENVER, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Colorado Avalanche announced Thursday captain Joe Sakic would undergo hernia surgery and miss most of the rest of the season.

Sakic, 38, has not played since Nov. 30. The recovery time for the surgery is usually eight to 12 weeks.

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"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," Avalanche team doctor Andy Parker said.

Sakic had played in 232 straight games before suffering the injury. He has seven goals and 15 assists this season.

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

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