VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ed Jovanovski will miss the Olympics because of a lower abdominal injury.
The Canucks say the Canadian star was scheduled to have surgery in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Olympic hockey tournament starts February 15th in Turin, Italy.
Jovanovski is expected to be replaced by Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe.
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.