New York Islanders captain John Tavares will miss the rest of the NHL season after suffering a knee injury during Team Canada’s quarterfinal win over Latvia on Wednesday.
The Isles made the announcement Thursday, adding the 23-year-old suffered a torn MCL and torn meniscus after being checked awkwardly into the corner boards by Latvia’s Arturs Kulda.
He remained briefly on the bench but seemed to be favouring his left leg and hip area.
The injury means that Matt Duchene, who was a healthy scratch in the quarterfinal, will return to the lineup for Friday's semifinal game against the U.S.
“Johnny’s been playing great for us, and hopefully he has a speedy recovery,” Duchene said. “But it’s a big opportunity for myself now, chance to play centre, to play where I’m comfortable. There’s been a lot of unfamiliars in this tournament, and when you get a short chance at it, sometimes can be tough, so this is going to be much more familiar.”
Tavares may need surgery to repair the knee injury and still needs to be examined by Islanders doctors.
He’ll return in time for the start of preseason in September.