Avalanche lose Sakic for up to 3 months

Colorado Avalanche star Joe Sakic will undergo hernia surgery Friday that will keep him out of action for up to three months.

Colorado Avalanche star Joe Sakic will undergo hernia surgery Friday that will keep him out of action for up to three months.

Sakic has been out since Nov. 30, missing 12 games. His recovery will keep the 38-year-old captain out of action for eight to 12 weeks.

"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 physician Andy Parker said Thursday in a statement released by the club.

Before sitting out against San Jose on Nov. 30, Sakic, who has seven goals and 15 assists in 24 games this season, had played in 232 consecutive games dating to Jan. 6, 2004.

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

Sakic, in his 19th NHL season, ranks eighth on the NHL's career points list with 1,611. He is 11th in assists (994) and 14th in goals (617).

With files from the Canadian Press