Report: John Tavares to miss rest of NHL season after injuring knee in Olympics

Jan 21, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) warms up before facing the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders shipped their captain, John Tavares, off to Sochi, Russia to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic for Team Canada, but it may have cost them more than they would have imagined.

According to reports from Long Island Newsday, Tavares may need surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus in his left knee.

If surgery is necessary, that would obviously knock him out for the rest of the NHL season.

Tavares leads the team with 66 points and has only missed four games throughout his four-years with the team, but the Olympic ice did not prove to be as kind.

NHL players risk injury when they compete in the Olympics during the NHL break and Tavares is one of the examples that players may look to in the future if they are wondering whether or not to compete for their country.

Canada is set to take on the United States in the semifinal on Friday morning.

Topics: 2014 Winter Olympics, John Tavares, Men's Hockey, New York Islanders, Sochi Olympics

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